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How I saved green by saving water

By: Skylar Zwick
By: Skylar Zwick

While I try to save water by turning off the sink when brushing my teeth, only running the dishwasher when it’s full and washing my clothes on “cold,” I know I can probably do more so I started reading up on ways to conserve green while saving water.

 

Good Day all! I was checking out your comments from yesterday’s post and Dan listed a website he’s worked on to compile more than 500 tips for saving green and being green! Check it out and post your comments too.
 
Today, I learned about the Million Car Carbon Campaign, “…an initiative to prevent the emissions equivalent of one million cars from entering the atmosphere each year.” The website, http://www.millioncarcampaign.com/, teaches you and your family how to build an Earth Aid Kit for home and work to maximize and track your efficiency.
 
While I try to save water by turning off the sink when brushing my teeth, only running the dishwasher when it’s full and washing my clothes on “cold,” I know I can probably do more so I started reading up on ways to conserve green while saving water.
 
WorldWatch.org had some great tips, check it out!
 
Tip #1: Take shorter showers to reduce water use. This will lower your water and heating bills too.
 
Tip #2: Install a low-flow shower head. In my opinion, these can be a bit pricey. Costing anywhere from $40-$100 depending on the type, model, etc, these units can quickly add up depending upon how many showers you have in your home. Most of my research shows that it can save you $10-$20 on your bill and their life-span seems to be about 7-10 years, so over that time, they certainly can pay you back, but the up-front cost is a little steep. Turning off the shower while shaving, shampooing and the like may do just as much good.
 
Tip #3: Make sure you have a faucet aerator on each faucet. These inexpensive appliances conserve heat and water, while keeping water pressure high.
Tip #4: Plant drought-tolerant native plants in your garden. Many plants need minimal watering. Find out which occur naturally in your area.
Tip #5: If you enjoy taking baths, remember, the average bath is the equivalent of almost 2.5 showers, so gage your water usage appropriately and consider taking one fewer bath each week to save green and be green.
 
What do you think? Do you have other “green” ideas to save water? I want to hear them! Post your comments for me and other readers and together we’ll all do our part to be a little greener and save some green along the way!
 
Tomorrow, I’ll post my tried-and-true tips for eating green and later this week, cleaning green!
 
Stay tuned!

 

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