5 Ways to Conserve Water and Energy

Practically Green

Our friends over at Practically Green have come up with five ways for you to reduce water consumption and save energy at the same time. Read on to see how you can reduce your water and energy footprints in the laundry room, kitchen, and bathroom.

Here are five ways to save water and energy from Practically Green:

  1. Upgrade your washing machine to an Energy Star model: "Energy Star-qualified washing machines use about thirty percent less energy and over fifty percent less water than regular washers."
  2. Install low-flow shower heads in all showers: "The average American family of four uses ~400 gallons of water a day, and showers account for 17% of that usage. Installing low-flow shower heads could save your household up to 18,600 gallons of water a year."
  3. Run dishwasher only when it's full:"By waiting until you have a full load, you can conserve water and put a significant dent in your monthly water usage, which will translate to more dollars in your pocket. It can also reduce your electric bill; heating dish water to hot is costly."
  4. Reuse your towels when staying at a hotel: "...the Alliance for Water Efficiency estimates a hotel with 250 rooms at 80 percent occupancy could save up to $66,000 and 220,000 gallons of water per year with a towel/linen reuse program."
  5. Join meat free mondays and eat vegetarian once a week:"Selecting one day a week (it doesn't have to be Monday) when you eliminate meat from your diet altogether helps reduce your carbon footprint and save resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. The more people having meatless Mondays, the greater the eco-impact."

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