06 Mar 2014

Going “green” at home! Stop wasting water.

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US20070426_3Are you hoping to “go green” but have no idea where to start? Or perhaps the idea of “greening” your life is a little overwhelming. Don’t worry it was for me too. I have solutions! Check back on Thursday as I make suggestions for going green. We will take it one step at a time. This week, I am sharing some simple steps to reduce your water waste.

Start by thinking about some of your every day habits that are easy to change, and change them!

  • Invest in high efficiency appliances, especially your washing machine and dishwasher.
  • If you have a high-efficiency washing machine, try washing your clothes on the lowest setting. They’ll probably still come out just as clean.
  • Don’t run half-full loads of laundry, or at least adjust the water level accordingly.
  • Run your dishwasher for the shortest cycle that still cleans the dishes and only run it when it’s full.
  • Turn the water off while you brush your teeth.
  • Turn down your hot water heater. Often they are set at temperatures to high to use straight from the tap.
  • Turn off the water while you scrub your hands.
  • Don’t run water while washing dishes.
  • If you have a patio or deck, sweep it, don’t spray it.
  • Collect rainwater for watering your grass and garden.

Be mindful in all your daily actions, I am sure you can add more to the list.

Are you curious about your water usage? Try this Water Footprint Calculator http://www.gracelinks.org/3404/water-footprint-calculator