Tyler Cullen has always been conscientious of how much water he and his family use in their home. Now in high school, Tyler has taken his water-conservation efforts to the next level by starting his very own waterless car wash business. We took a moment to find out more about Tyler and his business in the Q&A below.
Why is water conservation important to you?
I believe water is pretty much our most valuable resource for human existence. With the little amount of rain we have had, I am trying to do everything I can to conserve it. For instance, I did a science project using rain water to generate electricity, and I started my own waterless car wash: Marin Eco Wash.
Where did you first learn about water conservation?
My parents are very environmentally active and run a climate change program, so naturally I learned good water conservation from them. Additionally, I love to fish and from an early age I learned about the challenges a drought creates for the fish in rivers and streams.
What are some of the things you and your family do at home to conserve water?
At home we have installed high-efficiency toilets and shower heads, we have changed our whole back and front yards into drought tolerant landscapes and we only run full loads of laundry with a water efficient washing machine.
Do you have any tips for people looking to start conserving water?
Yes! Use my service, Marin Eco Wash, and you will save between 20-40 gallons of water on your car wash. This is an easy conservation method because we come to your house or work to wash your car. Another great way to conserve water is to reduce the amount of time your irrigation system is running because typically we over water our plants.
How many gallons of water do you estimate you have saved through your waterless car wash business?
I started the car wash when I was 15 years old and in two years I have washed over 150 cars and conserved over 3,000 gallons of water... and counting!