Friday, April 22, 2011

10 Ways You Can Conserve Water and Preserve Our Planet

Happy Earth Day
Please do your part to help save the planet!
  1. Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth and washing the dishes. Shave a minute or two off your shower time. Millions of people doing even the little things make a difference.
  2. Fix leaky faucets right away.
  3. Install low-flow shower heads and faucet aerators. Because you're saving hot water, you'll also reduce your energy bill.
  4. Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when full. When it's time to replace them, buy water- and energy-efficient models. Remember, saving water saves energy, and saving energy saves water.
  5. Eat a bit less meat, especially beef. A typical hamburger can take 630 gallons of water to produce.
  6. Buy less stuff. Everything takes water to make. So if we buy less, we shrink our water footprint.
  7. Recycle plastics, glass, metals, and paper. Buy re-usable products rather than throw-aways, as it takes water to make everything.
  8. If you’re in the market for a toilet, buy a low-volume, ultra low-volume, or dual-flush model.
  9. Choose outdoor landscaping appropriate for your climate. Native plants and grasses that thrive on natural rainfall only are best.
  10. Know the source of your drinking water—the river, lake, or aquifer that supplies your home. Once you know it, you’ll care about it. You just won’t want to waste water.

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