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June 4, 2013

English
Take Care of Texas—Kevin Fowler PSA
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July 21, 2011

English
Texas Recycles Computers—MINING YOUR CLOSET PSA
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: "...visit TakeCareofTexas dot org"

(Voices echo in what sounds like a large cavern.)
WIFE: Honey, do you see it down there?
(The sounds of rocks falling into the chasm)
HUSBAND (Straining): I can’t see anything...oh wait!
(Some classic sounding digital bleeps)
HUSBAND: There you are...trusty old PC.
WIFE: Goldmine! I’m bringing you up.
NARRATOR: Got an old personal or home business computer buried in your closet? Recycling is free and convenient, and it’s a great way to conserve valuable materials for the next generation of products. Take Care of Texas by digging out your old computer. Find out how at TakeCareofTexas dot org. Sponsored by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and aired in cooperation with the Texas Association of Broadcasters and this station.

Spanish
Texas Reciclar Computadoras–Anuncio de Servicio a la Comunidad—EXCAVACIÓN DENTRO DEL CLÓSET
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: "...visite CuideaTexas punto org"

(Las voces resuenan como dentro de una gran cueva)
ESPOSA: Amor, ¿puedes verla ahí abajo?
(Sonido de rocas como cayendo dentro de un abismo)
ESPOSO (esforzándose): No veo nada...no, ¡espera!
(Unos sonidos clásicos de emisiones digitales)
ESPOSO: Aquí esta...mi viejita computadora.
ESPOSA: ¡Es un tesoro! Vamos a sacarla.
NARRADOR: ¿Tiene alguna vieja computadora personal o de negocio en casa arrumbada en su clóset? Reciclar es gratis y conveniente. Cuide a Texas deshaciéndose de su computadora vieja. Entérese en CuideaTexas punto org. Patrocinado por la Comisión de Calidad Ambiental de Texas y emitido en cooperación con la Asociación de Emisoras de Texas y esta estación.

 

March 17, 2011
TexasEnviroHelp: Small Business and Local Government Assistance
Run Time: 30 sec

English
Outcue: "...visit TexasEnviroHelp.org"
Does your small business or local government have questions about how to comply with environmental rules? Get answers from staff who are specifically trained to help you. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality offers small businesses and local governments free and confidential help in complying with environmental regulations. If you have 100 or fewer employees and are independently owned and operated, or you represent a city, county, school district, or other governmental entity, visit TexasEnviroHelp dot org.

Spanish
Outcue: "...visite TexasEnviroHelp punto org"
¿Tiene preguntas su negocio pequeño o su gobierno local sobre cómo cumplir con las normas ambientales? Reciba respuestas de expertos listos para ayudarle. La Comisión de Calidad Ambiental de Texas le ofrece ayuda gratis y confidencial en cumplir con las reglas ambientales. Si su negocio tiene cien empleados o menos y es operación independiente, visite TexasEnviroHelp punto org.

 

July 13, 2009
Drop in the Bucket

English
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: "...visit takecareoftexas.org"
If every Texan — all 24 million of us — did our part to conserve water, just think how much we could save. Simple things, like waiting to wash till you’ve got a full load of laundry or dishes; using water-efficient plumbing fixtures and taking shorter showers; watering your lawn early in the morning to avoid excessive evaporation; installing rainwater collection barrels; and planting Texas native plants and grasses. Saving water adds up. And that’s not just a drop in the bucket; that’s money in your pocket. Visit takecareoftexas.org to find more tips to save water and money.

Run time: 30 sec
Outcue: "...visit takecareoftexas.org"
If every Texan did their part to conserve water, think how much we could save. Simple things, like washing full loads of laundry; taking shorter showers; watering early in the morning; collecting rainwater; and planting native Texas plants. It all adds up. And that’s not just a drop in the bucket; that’s money in your pocket. Visit takecareoftexas.org to find more tips to save water and money.

Spanish
Run time: 60 sec
Outcue: "...visit takecareoftexas.org"
Si cada individuo en Texas, todos los 24 millones, hicieramos nuestra parte para conservar el agua, imagínese cuánto podríamos ahorrar. Cosas sencillas, tal como usar la lavadora sólo cuando tenga una carga completa, utilizar artefactos de plomería que conserven agua y tomar duchas más cortas, regar el zacate temprano en la mañana para reducir la evaporación, instalar barriles de colección de agua de lluvia, y sembrar plantas y zacates nativas de Texas. Cuando ahorra agua se acumula, y eso no es sólo una gota en la cubeta, es dinero en el bolsillo. Visite Cuide a Texas punto Org para más consejos de cómo ahorrar agua y dinero.

Run time: 30 sec
Outcue: "...visit takecareoftexas.org"
Si todos los individuo en Texas hiciéramos nuestra parte para conservar el agua, imagínese cuánto podríamos ahorrar. Cosas sencillas, lavar sólo cuando tenga carga completa, tomar duchas más cortas, regar en la mañana, colectar agua de lluvia. Y eso no es sólo una gota en la cubeta, es dinero en el bolsillo. Visite Cuide a Texas punto Org para más consejos de cómo ahorrar agua y dinero.

 

June 1, 2009
Work With a Licensed Irrigator
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: "...visit TCEQirrigator.info"
This is Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Chairman Buddy Garcia. It's estimated that more than 50 percent of landscape water is wasted due to evaporation or runoff caused by over-watering. Portions of Texas are experiencing drought conditions. Working with a licenses irrigator to design, install, maintain, and operate an efficient irrigation system will help us all conserve this most valuable and previous natural resource. For more information, or to find a licensed irrigator near you, visit TCEQirrigator.info.

 


 

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2010 Take Care of Texas PSAs


June 2010:

 

June 1, 2010
Take Care of Texas
"Recycle Electronics"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Did you know that Texans now have a free and easy way to recycle their used personal computers? Thanks to a state law, computer manufacturers must offer recycling programs. Recycling conserves natural resources by recovering valuable materials that can be reused to make new products. For more information about computer recycling, log on to takecreoftexas.org. Take care of Texas – it’s the only one we've got!

 



2009 Take Care of Texas PSAs


July 2009:

 

July 6, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Pack a Waste Free Lunch"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Remember taking your lunch to school? Well it's something that you can still do today that saves you time, money — and helps keep the air, water, and land clean. Packing your own lunch eliminates the drive to a restaurant which helps reduce air-pollutant emissions. When packing your lunch use reusable containers, instead of plastic bags that you just have to throw away. Here's another idea — instead of throwing out a plastic butter or yogurt container, wash it and use it to store food for your lunch. Consider buying an insulated lunch bag to store your food at work, instead of using a disposable sack. To save money and reduce waste buy items in larger quantities, instead of individually packaged items. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

July 6, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Pack a Waste Free Lunch"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Remember taking your lunch to school? Well it's something that you can still do today that saves you time, money — and helps the environment. Packing your own lunch eliminates the drive to a restaurant, reducing air-pollution emissions. When packing your lunch, use reusable containers instead of plastic bags that you're just going to end up throwing away. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

July 13, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Change Settings"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Set your printer, copier and fax machines to duplex, which allows printing on both sides of the paper. This can cut paper costs nearly in half. Also, activating standby settings on equipment can reduce energy usage even more by keeping the power turned down when the device is not in use. Copiers, laser printers, faxes, and other office equipment can save up to 66 percent of their 24 hour power consumption if powered only on during office hours. Many electronics can't be switched off completely without being unplugged. When plugged in these devices consume what's called "standby power" even when they are supposedly turned off. Unplugging electronics or turning them off using a power strip allows you to eliminate the energy used by "standby power". For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

July 13, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Change Settings"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Set your printer, copier and fax machines to duplex, allowing printing on both sides of the paper. This can cut paper costs nearly in half. Using standby settings on equipment can reduce energy usage when the device is not in use — saving up to 66 percent of their 24 hour power consumption if powered on only during the office hours. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

July 20, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Office Supplies"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...When choosing office supplies, choose items that can be reused. Refillable pens and pencils, envelopes, binders, and folders are just a few of the items that can be used over and over. Here's another tip — find out if your office printers will accept remanufactured toner cartridges. By using these or by recycling your own cartridges, you can save money and reduce waste. Does your office use cameras or flashlights? Consider investing in rechargeable batteries, along with a battery charger. If you use compact discs to store information, don't throw out the cases when you are done with the disc — you can reuse those for other discs. Does your office send and receive packages? Well think about reusing the boxes as well as the packing materials. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

July 20, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Office Supplies"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

When choosing your office supplies, choose items that can be reused. Toner cartridges, refillable pens and pencils, envelopes, binders, and folders are just a few of the items that can be used over and over. If your office regularly sends and receives packages consider reusing the boxes and the packing materials. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

July 27, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Reduce Travel"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...According to a 2007 report from Texas A&M's Texas Transportation Institute, the average driver spends an extra 38 hours of travel time and consumes an additional 26 gallons of gas, every year, sitting in traffic. To reduce the amount of time (and money) spent behind the wheel, look for opportunities to work from home. Today's technology makes it easier for you to conduct business including holding meetings, away from the office. Here's another tip — if you have to physiclly go in to your place of business, or attend a meeting, consider using public transportation, when feasible. If you rent a car while away on business look for rental companies that offer hybrids or high-fuel economy vehicles. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

July 27, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Reduce Travel"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Does it seem like you're spending more and more time behind the wheel of your car, getting to and from work? Well consider telecommuting. Today's technology makes it easier for your to conduct business including holding meetings, at home. If you have to physically go in to your place of business, or attend a meeting, consider using public transportation, when feasible. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

June 2009:

 

June 1, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Mow in the Evening"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Did you know that mowing your lawn for one hour with a gasoline-powered mower generates the same amount of pollution as driving your car for four hours? If you mow later in the day you'll be able to breathe a little easier knowing your chores are done and you've helped keep the state's air clean. Emissions from lawn mowers and leaf blowers contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone. If you mow earlier in the day, the lawn mover's emissions have more time to combine with sunlight and form ozone. Mowing later in the day reduces that possibility. Consider switching to an electric mower which can save you 73 percent in total energy costs. Another option is an old fashioned push mower that operates pollution free, allows you to mow quietly in the cool of the early morning, and gives you some exercise too! For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

June 1, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Mow in the Evening"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Did you know that mowing your lawn for one hour with a gas-powered mower generates the same amount of pollution as driving your car for four hours? Mowing earlier in the day gives lawn mower emissions more time to combine with sunlight and form ground-level ozone. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

June 8, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Buy Recycled"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Close the loop on recycling by purchasing items made from post-consumer recycled materials. Paper towels, tissue, and boxes are some of the most popular products made from recycled materials. But while you might only think of paper products, there are numerous items currently being made from recycled content, including plastic bottles, carpet, office products, and anything made from steel. In fact, about 50 percent of the aluminum in beverage cans comes from used cans that were collected and melted down to make new cans. Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to keep a one-hundred watt light bulb burning for almost four hours. Look for the post-consumer content label on the items that you buy. This symbol means that the item was made with materials collected through recycling programs. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

June 8, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Buy Recycled"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Paper towels, tissue, and boxes are some of the most popular products made from recycled materials — but did you know that many office products are also being made with recycled materials? Look for the post-consumer content label on the items you buy. This symbol means that the item was made with materials collected through recycling programs. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

June 15, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Drying Clothes"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Running a clothes dryer for 20 minutes will cost you the same whether you have one shirt in the machine...or ten. So when drying your clothes get your money's worth and dry a full load. That said, don't overpack your dryer. Clothes need to freely tumble to get maximum drying benefits. Here's another tip — don't dry your heavy clothes, like jeans, with the lighter-weight items, like T-shirts. Use the moisture sensor that will automatically turn the machine off when the clothes are done to avoid over-drying. Make sure to periodically inspect your dryer's vent to ensure it's not blocked. And clean the lint traps after every load to improve air circulation and make your machine run more efficiently. By far the best way to save energy when drying your clothes is a nice breeze on an outdoor clothes line! For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

June 15, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Drying Clothes"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Running a clothes dryer for 20 minutes will cost you the same whether you have one shirt in the machine...or ten. To get your money's worth, dry a full load — but don't overpack the dryer. Clothes need to freely tumble to get the maximum drying benefits. Inspect your dryer's vent to ensure it's not blocked, and clean the lint traps after every load to improve air circulation. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

June 22, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Idling"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Idling your car literally gets you nowhere — and pollutes the environment. Next time you are at the bank, or your favorite fast food restaurant, consider parking and going inside instead of using the drive-through. In fact, turning off the car and starting it again when you are ready to move actually uses less gas and produces less carbon monoxide than idling for half a minute, or more! Unnecessary idling can also harm a car's engine components — including the cylinders, the spark plugs, and the exhaust system. An idling vehicle gets zero miles to the gallon. Sitting in your car with the engine runing wastes gas. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

June 22, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Idling"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Idling your car literally gets you nowhere — and pollutes the environment. Next time you are at the bank or a fast food restaurant, consider parking and go inside instead of using the drive-through. Unnecessary idling can also harm a car's engine components — plus it wastes up to a gallon of gas an hour! For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

June 29, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Recycle Cell Phones"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Did you know that fewer than 20 percent of cell phones are recycled each year? Cell phones and accessories are made from valuable resources such as precious metals, copper, and plastics. Recycling cell phones, as well as PDAs, phone chargers and batteries keeps these materials from being needlessly landfilled, and conserves natural resources — in fact, more than 100 million cell phones are discarded every year. If those were recycled we would save enough energy to power 194,000 Texas homes for one year! Recycle your cell phone — it's an easy call. For more information about cell phone recycling, visit epa.gov/cellphone. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

June 29, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Recycle Cell Phones"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Did you know that fewer than 20 percent of cell phones are recycled each year? Cell phones are made from precious metals, copper, and plastics. Recycling keeps these materials out of landfills, and conserves natural resources. For more information about cell phone recycling, visit epa.gov/cellphone. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

MAY 2009:

 

May 4, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Maintain Your Vehicle"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...When the gas pump nozzle clicks off automatically, do you add more gas to round off your purchase? Or have you ever tried to top off your tank only to overfill it and end up spilling gas down the side of your vehicle? The fact is you need extra room in your gas tank to allow the gasoline to expand. If you top off your tank, the extra gas may evaporate into the vehicle's vapor recovery system — causing your vehicle to run poorly and have high gas emissions. Gasoline vapors are harmful to breathe and contribute to air pollution. Try to fill up your vehicle's gas tank in the evening to prevent emissions from building up to form smog during the day. And make sure you properly tighten the gas cap — otherwise gas will evaporate from your car's tank. To learn more about how to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

May 4, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Maintain Your Vehicle"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Get better fuel economy when you routinely maintain your vehicle. Under-inflated tires can lower gas mileage by four-tenths of a percent for every 1 pound drop in pressure of all four tires. Also always use the manufacturer's recommended grade of motor oil. Using a 10W-30 motor oil in an engine designed to use a 5W-30 can lower your gas mileage by 1-2 percent. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

May 11, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Reuse, Recycle Computers"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Electronic waste is growing at three times the rate of other municipal waste — in fact, Texans discard 1.5 million computers a year. You can help by donating your used computer or taking it to be recycled. Reusing and recyling conserves natural resources by recovering valuable components and materials that can be used to make new products. In fact, an average PC (not including the monitor) is typically 40 percent steel, 30 to 40 percent plastic, 10 percent aluminum and 10 percent other materials, including copper, gold, and silver. For a list of computer recycing centers in your area, and to learn other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

May 11, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Reuse, Recycle Computers"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Electronic waste is growing at three times the rate of other municipal waste. In fact, Texans discard 1.5 million computers a year. Used computers contain components that can be reused like steel, plastic, aluminum and copper, that can all be recycled. For a listing of computer recycling centers in your area, and to learn other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

May 18, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Water Wise"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Did you know that much of the water applied to lawns and gardens is never absorbed by the plants? The greatest waste of water results from applying it too rapidly or too often. Water applied too rapidly is lost as runoff, which may carry fertilizers and pesticides that pollute streams and lakes. Water evaporates when applied to bare, unmulched soil, or in the hot afternoon. Water thoroughly, but only as needed — monthly for trees, and shrubs, and ground covers; every week or so for lawns. Water early in the morning to prevent diseases and use drip irrigation where possible to minimize evaporation. Also avoid wasting water on sidewalks and other paved areas. For these and other tips to save water and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

May 18, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Water Wise Landscape"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

In most landscaped areas, turf grass has the highest water demand and the highest maintenance requirements of all plants. Alternative plant areas and other forms of ground cover can reduce your ongoing expenditures of time, energy, and money. Group together plants that have similar watering needs to prevent overwatering and excessive plant growth; and mulch around trees and bedded plants to discourage weeds. For these and other tips to save water and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

May 25, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Check Toilets for Leaks"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Did you know that more than 25-percent of all toilets leak, wasting about 200 gallons of water a day? — That's 73,000 gallons a year per leaky toilet! There are a number of signs that a toilet is wasting water — for instance if you have to jiggle the handle to make a toilet stop running, or if the toilet starts running without being used. But there is also what's called a 'silent leak.' Testing for this is easy — simply add a leak detection dye tablet or a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If the color appears in the toilet bowl within about 15 minutes, you may have a leak. Check the toilet for worn out, corroded or bent parts, like a bad flapper valve. Most replacement parts are inexpensive, readily available, and easy to install. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

May 25, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Check Toilets for Leaks"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Did you know that more than 25-percent of all toilets leak, wasting about 200 gallons of water a day? — That's 73,000 gallons a year per leaky toilet! To find a toilet leak add a few drops of food coloring to the tank. If the color appears in the toilet bowl, you have a leak. Check the toilet for worn out parts, such as a bad flapper valve — which is inexpensive and easy to replace. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

APRIL 2009:

 

April 6, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Earth Day"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...April 22nd marks the 39th anniversary of Earth Day — a day set aside to renew our commitment to preserve and improve our environment. While there are many activities planned across Texas to commemorate the event, you can pledge to make it Earth Day every day — by recycling, maintaining your vehicle, using products that are less toxic, and reducing overall consumption. Takecareoftexas.org has set up an online calculator, which allows you to estimate just how much household water, energy, and money you can save by taking some simple steps suggested on the Do Your Part page of the Web site. These steps can help improve air and water quality, and conserve water and energy — all while saving you money. After you make your pledge, sign up for a free Take Care of Texas bumper sticker! To participate in Earth Day events near you, visit earthday.gov. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

April 6, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Earth Day"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

April 22nd marks the 39th anniversary of Earth Day — a day set aside to renew our commitment to preserve and improve our environment. While there are many activities planned across Texas to commemorate the event, you can make it Earth Day every day — by recycling, maintaining your vehicle, using products that are less toxic, and reducing overall consumption. To participate in Earth Day events and to find an activity near you, visit earthday.gov. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

April 13, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Recycle Paper Products"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Did you know that Texans dispose of enough paper products every two weeks to fill up the Astrodome? Instead of throwing out your paper products, recycle them. Reusing paper fibers to make new paper products is cheaper than growing, harvesting and processing trees. In fact, recycling one ton of paper is the equivalent of using up to 31 trees to produce new paper and also saves up to 7,000 gallons of water and 4,000 kilowatts of electricity! When most people think of recycling paper, they might only think of newspapers and junk mail, but most recycling programs also accept corrugated cardboard — that's the cardboard with the wavy insides — as well as magazines and telephone books. Contact your local waste department to find out what they accept or to find a paper recycling center near you, and to learn other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

April 13, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Recycle Paper Products"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Did you know that Texans dispose of enough newspapers, cardboard and junk mail every two weeks to fill up the Astrodome? In fact, recycling one ton of paper is the equivalent of using up to 31 trees to produce new paper and saves up to 7,000 gallons of water and 4,000 kilowatts of electricity! To find a paper recycling center near you, and to learn other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

April 20, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Replace Older Refrigerators"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Want to take the chill out of high electricity bills? Consider buying an energy star rated refrigerator. Energy star appliances meet the strick efficiency guidelines set out by the EPA and the US Department of Energy — that's good news when you consider that your home's refrigerator consumes the most electricity of all of your household appliances. For instance, did you know that side by side model refrigerators can use 10-15 percent more energy than top freezer units? Also, while automatic icemakers and through the door dispensers are convenient, they can increase your energy use by 14-20 percent. An energy star rated refrigerator can reduce your energy bills by as much as $180 a year. Keep your refrigerator thermostat set between 37 and 40 degrees, and position your refrigerator away from a heat source like an oven or direct sunlight. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

April 20, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Replace Older Refrigerators"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Did you know that a side by side model refrigerator can use 10-15 percent more energy than a single door unit? The right refrigerator can take the chill out of high electricity bills. Automatic icemakers and through the door dispensers are convenient, but they can increase energy use 14-20 percent. Choose an energy star refrigerator and reduce your energy bills by as much as $180 a year. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

April 27, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Avoid Over-Watering"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...How does a tuna can help you when you're watering your lawn? Well did you know that your yard only needs one inch of water a week to stay green? By placing an empty tuna can on your grass when you water, you can monitor how much is too much. When the can is full of water, so is your grass. Watering your lawn too heavily or too often weakens it and can cause erosion and runoff pollution. Make sure to position your sprinkler so that the water lands on your lawn and garden, not your curbs and sidewalks. Also the time of day you water can also help the environment — and your water bill. Watering in the morning will keep that water on your lawn, and reduce evaporation in the midday heat. Keeping your hose maintained is also important. Check your hose for any leaks, and replace any broken hose sprayers or sprinkler heads. Broken or misdirected sprinkler heads can waste large amounts of water. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

April 27, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Avoid Over-Watering"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Watering your lawn too heavily or too often weakens it and can cause erosion and runoff pollution. Your yard only needs one inch of water a week to stay green. By placing an empty tuna can on your grass when you water, you can monitor how much is too much. When the can is full of water, so it your grass. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

MARCH 2009:

 

 March 2, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Pesticides and Fertilizers"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Did you know that residential users apply more pesticides and fertilizers than farmers? This often results from the assumption that more is better. The truth is that routine watering or a rainstorm can wash away the chemical excess into storm drains or creeks — wasting your money and endangering nearby waterways. Less toxic, equally effective alternatives exist. For instance, when you mow, consider leaving the grass clippings on the lawn. This acts as a natural soil conditioner that can reduce your water usage. Also using compost, made from food scraps, serves as a slow-release fertilizer. If you decide to use pesticides and fertilizers, always apply them according to the labels directions — and only use the recommended amount. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

March 2, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Pesticides and Fertilizers"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Did you know that residential users apply more pounds per acre of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers than farmers? More is not better. Routine watering or a rainstorm can wash away this chemical excess — wasting your money and endangering nearby waterways. Always apply pesticides and fertilizers according to the label's directions — and only use the recommended amount. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

March 9, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Collect and Use Rainwater"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Here in our state, where water is a precious resource, every drop counts. By collecting rainwater you can supplement your normal outdoor water use for things such as watering your lawn and your plants during one of our state's many dry spells. Lawn and garden watering makes up nearly 40-percent of a total household's water use, during the summer. By collecting rainwater for outdoor use during one of the peak summer months, you can save up to 1,300 gallons of water! In fact, if 10 percent of the roof area from Texas homes were used to harvest rainwater, up to 27 billion gallons of water could be conserved. Saving rainwater for outdoor use is as easy as setting up a catchment system from your gutter into a barrel. Check with you city's utility department to see if they offer a rainwater catchment program. For these and other tips to save water and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

March 9, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Collect and Use Rainwater"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here in Texas, where water is a precious resource, every drop counts. By collecting rainwater you can supplement your normal outdoor water use in between one of our many dry spells. Lawn and garden watering makes up 40-percent of a total household's water use, during the summer. By collecting rainwater for outdoor use you can save up to 1,300 gallons of water! For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

March 16, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Safely Dispose Hazardous Household Waste"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Springtime usually means home improvement projects, like painting your home, working in your garden, or fix-it-yourself auto maintenance jobs. But after the job is over, do you know where to dispose of your used oil filters and your pesticides? Community collection programs offer a better disposal option for safely disposing hazardous household waste, and other items like oil filters and pesticides. To find a collection event in your area, call 1-800-CLEANUP, or visit one-eight-hundred clean up dot org. There you can type in your zip code to find a recycling center, or a collection event near you. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

March 16, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Safely Dispose Hazardous Household Waste"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Springtime usually means home improvement projects, like painting or fix-it-yourself auto maintenance jobs. But after the job is over, do you know where to dispose of your used motor oil filters and paint cans? Almost all hazardous household waste can be safety disposed of in regular landfills. However, community collection programs offer a better disposal option for safely disposing hazardous household waste. To find a collection event in your area, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

March 23, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Electric Lawn Mower"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Its one of the first audible signs that warmer weather is upon us — hearing a lawn mower. But did you know that for every hour of operation, one gas-powered lawn mower emits 11 times more air pollution than a new car? In fact, its estimated that 40 million American lawn mowers consume 200 million gallons of gasoline per yearand gas-powered garden-tool emissions account for an estimated 5-percent of the nation's air pollution! Using an electric lawn mower instead can save you up to 73-percent in total energy costs. Most electric lawn mowers are quieter than gasoline powered versions, and new cordless designs allow you to freely move about your yard without worrying about the cords. Plus cordless electric lawn mowers run on rechargeable batteries. Another added benefit is that electric models start with a switch, instead of a pull-cord, for quicker start-up. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

March 23, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Electric Lawn Mower"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

For each house of operation, one gas-powered lawn mower emits 11 times more air pollution than a new car. Forty million American lawn mowers consume 200 million gallons of gasoline per year. Gas-powered garden-tool emissions account for an estimated 5-percent of the nation's air pollution. Using an electric lawn mower can save you 73-percent in total energy costs. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

March 30, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Low Flow Plumbing"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Did you know that the shower is the largest single user of hot water in the home, accounting for some 37 percent of total hot water use? By installing a low-flow showerhead, you can reduce water consumption by 25 to 60 percent and save energy, too. Installing just one low-flow showerhead can save you $145 on your utility bill. And don't forget your bathroom sink faucets, which account for more than 15 percent of indoor household water use. Installing aerators on faucets cuts the amount of water used by each one in half. And by replacing an older toilet with a high-efficiency model that uses 1.3 gallons of water per flush, you can save an additional 4,000 gallons of water per year. For these and other tips to save water and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

March 30, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Low Flow Plumbing"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Did you know that the shower is the largest single user of hot water in the home, accounting for 37 percent of total hot water use? By installing a low-flow showerhead, you can reduce water consumption by 25 to 60 percent and save energy, too. Installing just one low-flow showerhead can save you $140 on your utility bill. For these and other tips to save water and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!

 

FEBRUARY 2009:

 

February 2, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Use Less Toxic Cleaning Projects"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute...Baking soda is not just for cookies and cakes. In fact it's one versatile household product. Dissolve four tablespoons of baking soda in one quart of water for an all purpose cleaner. This simple recipe allows you to keep your home spic and span, without using harsh chemicals. Have a clogged drain? Try a plunger first, but if that doesn't work, simply pour one half cup of baking soda down the drain, and then add one half cup of vinegar, for a less toxic method of unplugging your sink. Vinegar is also an all-purpose, non-toxic cleaning substance. Combine a quart of water, with one half cup of vinegar, and two tablesoons of lemon juice or rubbing alcohol, for an alternative window cleaner. The next time you're tackling mildew stains and soap scum, consider using vinegar to handle the job. Using less toxic cleaning products can reduce pollutants in both the air and water, and help improve the air quality in your house. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas - it's the only one we've got!

 

February 2, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Use Less Toxic Cleaning Projects"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Baking soda is not just for cookies and cakes. Dissolve four tablespoons of baking soda in one quart of water for an all purpose cleaner. Need to unplug your sink? One half cup of baking soda, plus one half cup of vinegar, does the trick. These simple recipes keep your home clean, without using harsh chemicals — and help improve the air quality in your house. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas - it's the only one we've got!

 

February 9, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Unplug Electronics"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Heres another Take Care of Texas minute&Home electronics account for 15 percent of household electric energy use — but did you know that even after you turn off these devices, they could still be using electricity? Many home electronics cannot be switched off completely without being unplugged. They use electricity even when they are turned off. Some home electronics use only a few watts of power when turned off, while others will use as much as 20 to 40 watts. This power consumption is called standby power. Computers, printers, TVs, cable boxes, stereo systems, even cell phone chargers are just a few of the electronics that consume standby power. Unplugging these devices or turning them off at the power strip will allow you to eliminate this energy. When you replace home electronics, look for the Energy Star label. Electronics that have earned the Energy Star label save energy without sacrificing quality or performance. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas - it's the only one we've got!

 

February 9, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Unplug Electronics"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Home electronics account for about 15 percent of a household's electricity use — but did you know that even after you turn off these devices, they could still be using electricity? Computers, printers, and TVs can consume what's called standby power — using as much as 20 to 40 watts, even when they're turned off. Unplugging these devices allows you to eliminate this energy. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas - it's the only one we've got!

 

February 16, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Buy Locally"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Heres another Take Care of Texas minute&Locally grown food supports the regional economy, reduces refrigeration and transportation emissions, and lessens the need for packing materials. Texas is the second-largest agricultural state in the United States, where farmers grow more than 60 different fruit and vegetable crops alone. Consider buying Texas organic products that are grown without synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. These organic products usually come from a farming system that relies on maintaining and replenishing the soil and look for the Texas Department of Agriculture's certified organic logo, to ensure that you are getting these products. Most farmers' markets and pick-your-own locations also offer organic products — it's also a great opportunity to talk with the folks who grow your food. Visit PickTexas.com for a location near you. For other tips to save money and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas - it's the only one we've got!

 

February 16, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Buy Locally"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Want some food for thought? Texas is the second-largest agricultural state, growing more than 60 different fruits and vegetable crops alone. Buying locally supports your community's economy, reduces refrigeration and transportation emissions, and lessens the need for packing materials. Farmers' markets offer a variety of fresh products. Visit PickTexas.com for a location near you. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas - it's the only one we've got!

 

February 23, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Cut Back on Mail"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Heres another Take Care of Texas minute&Did you know that each year junk mail produces 4 million tons of solid waste? Most junk mail goes directly from the mailbox to the trash can without even being opened! By taking your name off of marketing mailing lists, you can help cut down on the amount of junk mail you receive — and eventually throw away or recycle. Before you toss out that instant winner sweepstakes announcement, consider reusing the envelope or any paper inside for scrap-paper. Check with your citys solid waste department to find out if it accepts junk mail for recycling. Heres another idea — instead of ordering catalogs through the mail, most stores offer online versions to help cut back on mail you receive and throw away or recycle. Also, consider banking and paying bills online. Most lending institutions and utilities offer secure online statements and bill payment options. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas - it's the only one we've got!

 

February 23, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Cut Back on Mail"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Each year junk mail produces 4 million tons of solid waste. In addition to tossing your junk mail into the recycling bin instead of the regular trash, you can take your name off mass marketing mailing lists to help cut down on the amount your receive. Also consider banking and paying bills online. Most lending institutions and utilities offer secure online bill payment options. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit TakeCareofTexas.org. Take care of Texas - it's the only one we've got!

 

JANUARY 2009:

 

January 5, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Upgrade Your Heating and Cooling System"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute. Did you know that heating and cooling your home accounts for about 45-percent of your annual energy expenses? In Texas, where the weather can change in an instant, you need to make sure that your home's system is energy efficient. Check for leaky ducts that can decrease the overall energy efficiency of your home by as much as 20-percent. Also, by using a properly-sized Energy Star cooling and heating system, you can reduce your home's energy consumption by 8-percent, saving you about 120-dollars a year, and help improve air quality. If all Texans do this, we can reduce electrical consumption by more than 16-billion kilowatt hours per year - enough to power one-and-a-half million average-sized homes. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!

 

January 5, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Upgrade Your Heating and Cooling System"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

In Texas, where the weather can change in an instant, cooling and heating a home accounts for about 45-percent of your annual energy expenses. Check for leaky ducts and consider upgrading to an Energy Star cooling and heating system, which meets strict governmental efficiency guidelines. You can reduce your home's energy consumption by 8-percent, and save about 120-dollars a year. For these and other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take Care of Texas - It's the only one we've got!

 

January 12, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Recycle Used Motor Oil"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute. Did you know that just two gallons of recycled motor oil can produce enough energy to either power the average Texas home for one day, cook 48 meals in a microwave oven, blow-dry your hair at least 215 times, vacuum a house for 15 months, or watch television for 7–12 days straight? When changing your oil or other vehicle fluids at home, make sure you recycle them. And never pour used motor oil down storm drains. These same drains carry the oil directly to Texas waterways. The used oil from one oil change can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water — a year's supply for 50 people! For more information on how to recycle used motor oil, and to learn other tips on how to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take Care of Texas - It's the only one we've got!

 

January 12, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Recycle Used Motor Oil"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

When changing your vehicles oil and other fluids at home, make sure you recycle them. Never pour used motor oil down storm drains. These same drains carry the oil directly to Texas waterways. The used oil from one oil change can contaminate one million gallons of fresh water — that's a year's supply for 50 people! For more information on how to recycle used motor oil, and to learn other tips to save money and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take Care of Texas - It's the only one we've got!

 

January 19, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Rainwater Harvesting"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute. Why use tap water to water plants when rainwater works better? All you have to do is harvest it! Rainwater harvesting is capturing and storing rainfall to irrigate plants and landscapes. All you need for harvesting is a good rainstorm and something to collect it in. It's that easy. Your system can be simple, using contoured areas so that water flows directly to planted areas; or sophisticated, featuring storage systems that can contain captured water for later use, like rain barrels. A rainwater harvesting system can collect approximately a little over a half a gallon of water per square foot of roof area, for every inch of rainfall. Contact your water utility provider who may offer rebates and distribute rain barrels at a discounted price to promote rainwater harvesting. For these and other tips to save water and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!

 

January 19, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Rainwater Harvesting"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Why use tap water to water plants when rainwater works better? All you have to do is harvest it! Rainwater harvesting is capturing and storing rainfall to irrigate plants and landscapes. All you need is a good rainstorm and something to collect it in. A rainwater harvesting system can collect a little over a half a gallon of water per square foot of roof area, for every one inch of rainfall. For these and other tips to save water and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!

 

January 26, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Be Water Wise"
Run Time: 60 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — it's the only one we've got!"

Here's another Take Care of Texas minute. Did you know that much of the water applied to lawns and gardens is never absorbed by the plants? The greatest waste of water results from applying it too rapidly or too often. Water applied too rapidly is lost as runoff, which may carry fertilizers and pesticides that pollute streams and lakes. Water evaporates when applied to bare, unmulched soil, or in the hot afternoon. Water thoroughly, but only as needed, monthly for trees, and shrubs, and ground covers; every week or so for lawns. Water early in the morning to prevent diseases and use drip irrigation where possible to minimize evaporation. Also avoid wasting water on sidewalks and other paved areas. For these and other tips to save water and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!

 

January 26, 2009
Take Care of Texas
"Be Water Wise"
Run Time: 30 sec
Outcue: " ...Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!"

Did you know that much of the water applied to lawns and gardens is never absorbed by the plants? The greatest waste of water results from applying it too rapidly or too often. Water applied too rapidly is lost as runoff, which may carry fertilizers and pesticides that pollute streams and lakes. Water evaporates when applied to bare, unmulched soil, or in the hot afternoon. For these and other tips to save water and the environment, visit takecareoftexas.org. Take Care of Texas — It's the only one we've got!