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How to make water conservation and use more energy in a drought-stricken country

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Story highlights These tips are designed to help reduce water usage, cut down on energy consumption and protect the environment

Other savings ideas include reducing usage for shared laundry services and using hot water only when necessary

It’s not surprising to learn that a severe drought is taking place in Brazil. The country is in the midst of one of the worst droughts on record.

What is surprising is how Brazilians are weathering this storm. According to The Telegraph, Brazilians are using less water as they cool off with cold showers, spread out their laundry loads, prop open their air conditioners or turn off their air conditioners altogether.

Brutal, but actually good, advice when you consider that a “cattlegruanda” in which a water supply dries up means Brazil’s reservoirs will soon run dry, leaving local communities without running water.

“A ‘cattlegruanda’ is a sudden shortage in the amount of water available from a river or water source,” Wikipedia states. “It is caused by drought or cyclical events such as storms, droughts, and excessive rain.”

The same goes for the drought in Brazil. At the end of January, the country’s National Water Commission announced it was in a state of “emergency drought.” However, the commission still managed to introduce an incentive plan for making water use more efficient — like turning off air conditioners when not in use.

Brazilians are also using less water for keeping their homes cool. According to Online, an energy company serving Brazil, as water levels in reservoirs drop, there are fewer condensation pockets in the ceiling, resulting in air conditioner use rates falling as much as 30%.

Some Brazilian websites offer other ideas for conserving water in the face of a drought. Some offer hot water only when necessary, while others suggest using single-use plastic containers and giving chickens some extra time to finish their eggs.

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned in 2013 that 30% of fossil fuel-dependent economies could be in crisis, but so far the impact of the global drought seems to be a closer fit for the film “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

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