Go Green, Save Green: Be Smart About Water

With the advancements in indoor plumbing, water consumption seems to have become something that we take for granted.  While companies are now making products that are low-flow, lower water pressure, etc, this hasn’t always been the case.  We’ve all been to establishments where the sound of the toilet flushing is so loud and powerful that it can make you jump if you’re not paying attention. Here are a few water-saving tips that will also save you money!

Green Laundry Practices

  • Use cold water. Yes, we've touched on this before, but it really is important! You will use less energy, less soap, and save your clothes!  Remember that the soap you are using is washed away, but it's not gone from the earth. The less you have to use, the less chemicals from the detergent that will be sent to your wastewater.
  • Use the appropriate wash setting. If you have a smaller load, remember to switch the setting on your washer. More water doesn't equal cleaner clothes, it just uses more water and costs you money!
  • Do not overload the washer. You could easily wind up using more water if your clothes don't come clean and some of them have to be rewashed.
  • Use the proper amount of detergent. You don't need as much as you might think you do, and using
    to much will leave soap residue in your clothes, which can lead to extra rinse cycles.
  • Use vinegar in your rinse cycle. This is a natural fabric softener that will also disinfect and reduce residue. It will also help in your dryer because you won't have the film that is left by commercial fabric softener products that can lead to increased drying time.

Green Kitchen Practices

  • Only run the dishwasher when its full!  Make sure you use a low-energy setting and select “air dry” if your dishwasher has it.
  • Don't rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher.  Scrape them off & put them in!
  • When handwashing dishes, start washing as the sink fills.  Get some water with soap in the sink and then turn down the water flow and start washing. This way, you are using the running water to rinse the dishes.
  • No dishwasher? Fill the sink with HOT water when you start cooking. This way, as you dirty dishes, you can put them in the water and let them soak while you eat dinner. Then, you can come back to water that is a tolerable temperature and have easy to clean dishes. When rinsing, use a low flow of water. You just need enough pressure to rinse the soap/bubbles off 🙂

Being Green in the Bathroom

  • Do not let the water run when you brush your teeth. It is said that the average person allows nearly 2 gallons of water to go directly down the drain while brushing. Turn it on only when you need it and you can reduce that to under a cup of water!
  • Shower quickly. While we all love long, hot showers, you'll be doing more for your skin if you turn down the temperature of the water and take efficient showers instead! If you have children, you can even have them see how fast they can wash everything that needs to be done and get out of the shower.
  • Install low-flow showerheads and toilets in the bathrooms.   While the first models that were on the market were criticized for not being effective, many of the new models have received great ratings!
Missed part of the series, catch up on the entire “Go Green, Save Green” series!

 


 

 

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  1. I have an attachment for my faucet that adds in air to decrease the flow. You can’t even notice the difference most of the time!

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