Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Environmental Tips

1.  Be sensible! The Earth might seem like it has abundant water, but in fact only one percent of all water on the planet is available for humans. Look for the WaterSense label to find water efficient products that use less water to do the same job. ( Look for tips this month on how to conserve this valuable and limited resource.

 2.  Make it a full load! Run your dishwasher only when it's full. Give yourself a break. Don't pre-rinse dishes - tests show pre-rinsing doesn't improve dishwasher cleaning, and you'll save as much as 20 gallons of water per load. Studies show hand washing dishes uses more water and more energy (for the hot water) than an energy-efficient dishwasher. When you buy a new dishwasher, look for one that saves water. Water-efficient models use only about only about 4 gallons per wash. (

  3.  Shower power! A full bathtub requires about 70 gallons of water, but taking a five-minute shower saves water by using 10 to 25 gallons. Put a little timer or clock near your shower so you can see how fast you are. (

4.  Make it a full load! The average washing machine uses 40.9 gallons of water per load. If you buy a new washer, shop for a high-efficiency washer that needs less than 28 gallons of water per load. (They also use less detergent so you save money J) To achieve even greater savings, wash only full loads of laundry or be sure to choose the appropriate load size on the washing machine. Most fabrics only need a cold water setting. Check the labels to save energy with cold wash instead of warm or hot.  (

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