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Water Saving Tips in the Kitchen and Bathroom


Water Saving Tips in the Kitchen and Bathroom

During the hot summer months is a great time to start thinking about water conservation. Parts of the country are experiencing moderate to exceptional draughts right now, according to the United States Drought Monitor. There are some small steps you can take starting today to help reduce your family’s use of this valuable resource.

  1. Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand. Now, Energy Star dishwashers save even more water and energy.
  2. If your dishwasher is new, cut back on rinsing. Newer models clean more thoroughly than older ones.
  3. Install an instant water heater near your kitchen sink so you don’t have to run the water while it heats up. This also reduces energy costs.
  4. Designate one glass for your drinking water each day, or refill a water bottle. This will cut down on the number of glasses to wash.
  5. Repair dripping faucets by replacing washers. If your faucet is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year.
  6. Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
  7. Take shorter showers. Replace you showerhead with an ultra-low-flow version. Some units are available that allow you to cut off the flow without adjusting the water temperature knobs.
  8. Don’t let water run while shaving or washing your face. Brush your teeth first while waiting for water to get hot, then wash or shave after filling the basin.

For even more ideas, visit http://www.americanwater.com/49ways.php and http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/?view=list.

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