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World Water Day 2013

Today marks the celebration of World Water Day, a day set apart by the United Nations to increase water awareness and promote sustainable management of freshwater resources. So, in honor of World Water Day, we’d like to share a few facts about water around the world.

World Water by Numbers

  • Water, energy, and food are intrinsically linked: water is needed to produce energy, energy is needed to deliver the water needed for food production [1]
  • In much of the world, water plays a role in gender inequality. Research in sub-Saharan Africa suggests that women and girls in low-income countries spend 40 billion hours a year collecting water. That’s time spent they could have used for education or other work and family care! [2]
  • In 60% of European cities with more than 100,000 people, groundwater is being used at a faster rate than it can be replenished [3]
  • About every 19 seconds, a mother loses a child due to a water related illness [4]
  • 1.8 billion people around the world still lack access to fresh water [5]
  • The average American uses 100 to 176 gallons of water per day; in contrast, the average African family uses 5 gallons of water per day! [6]

For more about the world water crisis, check out this video produced by charity: water.

Whether it’s related to our personal hygiene, the food we eat, our yard and home care routine, the products we use, or the clothes we wear, water influences every aspect of our daily lives.

This year’s theme for World Water Day is cooperation. Here’s what the UN has to say about water cooperation:

“Water is a shared resource and its management need to take into account a wide variety of conflicting interests. This provides opportunities for cooperation among users. . . . Promoting water cooperation implies an interdisciplinary approach bringing in cultural, educational and scientific factors, as well as religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic dimensions.”

Here at Orbit, much of our business revolves around water. We are dedicated to protecting and conserving this precious resource while helping homeowners around the world maintain beautiful landscapes. Please join us in using smart water management skills, heeding water regulations in your area, and doing your part to keep our water resources safe. You can visit our conservation resources pages on our website and on this blog.

We’re interested. Please share what you are doing to conserve water.

14 Ways to Love Your Home

In honor of Valentine’s Day, we are sharing fourteen ways to love your home.

1. Set a regular cleaning schedule

There is a quote—often attributed to Benjamin Franklin—that says, “Failure to plan is planning to fail.” Don’t let this be the case with your house. Make a schedule to clean one or two rooms each day and then stick to your schedule. By doing this, you won’t have to feel overwhelmed by a day full of cleaning and you’ll feel happier and more comfortable in your home.

2. Take care of your yard

Whether you love to spend all day in the dirt or would rather be off having some other adventure, take a little time to trim the grass and keep the weeds in check. A well cared for yard, no matter the size or style, increases the value of your house and how you feel about it.

3. Transition to LED lights

While the cost may be a little more upfront, LED lights are gentler on your wallet in the long run. These lights are longer lasting and more durable, which gives you more use than a regular light bulb.

Plus, they look great in your house and in your garden. Check back often to learn more about the release of our new line of energy-efficient, LED landscape lights.

4. Plant a tree (or two, or three)

Trees are a great way to bring beauty and variety to your yard. Take care to pick the right variety for your area and need—talk with a specialist at your local nursery for more ideas. A well-placed tree can also serve as shade and protection for your yard and home and can lower energy costs.

5. Plan a date

You know that list of projects you want to get done, but never seem to have time for? Plan a date. Whether it’s a deep clean or a new paint job, your home needs a little pampering once in a while. After all, it does keep you safe and comfortable from the world outside.

6. Keep unwanted pests out of your yard and home

Whether you are dealing with deer eating your prized tomato plants, or ants invading your pantry, there are ways to protect your house. For those annoying spiders, ants, and bugs, try calling a local pest control company. If it’s bigger critters in your yard that you’re worried about, check out our Yard Enforcer. The Yard Enforcer is a motion-activated sprinkler that deters unwanted pests with sound and water. The best part? It actually works! Check out this video:

7. Increase the safety of your home

There are little things that we can do all year long to increase the safety of our homes. Whether it’s keeping the walks shoveled, or keeping our yard well lit at night (again, check back for more information on our new landscape lights), or baby proofing our cabinets and stairs, do the little things to make your home a worry-free space.

8. Give your plants the perfect amount of water

To keep your yard lush and green, give them the water they need. Our sprinkler timers are a great way to ensure that your landscape receives consistent watering, because in our crazy world, we all have a lot on our minds.

9. Try something new

Don’t be afraid to try out a new idea. The internet is full of DIY projects, for budgets big and small that may give you just the change you need. Check out our Pinterest page for some great DIY ideas for your home and garden.

10. Plant a garden

Who doesn’t love fresh produce? If the weather is nice, set aside some land and start working the earth. But don’t let snow keep you down. You can start your garden seeds indoors. What’s better than getting your hands in the dirt again? Plus, you can start enjoying the fruits of your labor earlier than if you wait to plant when the weather’s nice.

11. Give

Sometimes we let our lives get too cluttered. Instead of throwing things away, pick a number (any number) and then select that number of items to give to charity or a family in need in your area. It’s a great, and easy, way to serve your community.

12. Add some color

If you’re not ready to commit to a big color change or if you just want to update a space with this year’s color trends, try incorporating color in small ways. Buy some plants for a room, or plant some flowers in the garden—it doesn’t have to cost much to bring a lot of life to your home.

13. Take time to enjoy some peace and quiet

Whether you like to spend your time indoors or outdoors, it’s always nice to sit back and relax for a few minutes. Read a book, work in the garden, or sit on your porch and watch a rainstorm roll in. Take some time out of your busy day and do whatever it is that relaxes you. You will find that you are more centered and ready to accomplish any task.

14. Build relationships

Often, our homes are special because of the people we share them with. Don’t forget what truly makes your house a home. Take time to build those important relationships with the people you love.

 

Please share. What are some of the ways that you love your home?

 

 

 

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Orbit Snow Shovels are Tough

For over four decades, Orbit has been making products to assist you in creating the perfect landscape. But what happens when the last leaf drops and it’s time to store away your watering tools? Do your landscaping needs end with the close of summer?

Headquartered in Northern Utah, home of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Orbit knows that landscaping needs last year round. We are used to clearing walks, driveways, and outdoor living spaces of Utah’s renowned snow.

While clearing snow isn’t all that exciting, it is a fact of life for millions of people in cold climates around the world. With sore backs, broken handles, and blades that crack, we decided that Orbit’s involvement with water shouldn’t stop when it starts to freeze. Continuing our long history of improving the way water moves, we proudly introduce our new lineup of DriftMaster snow shovels.

If you’re feeling dubious about an irrigation company making snow shovels, check out this video to see how we stack up.