Be Serious About Your Water
Yes, water. Being eco-friendly isn't all about energy consumption. Here are a few things you can do to save water.
Repair any leaks.
Don't run the tap when you brush your teeth or shave.
Install a low-flow shower head.
Install a faucet aerator attachment to your kitchen faucet.
Install a low flow toilet.
Install a recirculating water pump under your bathroom sink.
Always run a full load of dishes in the dishwasher.
Take a shower instead of a bath when possible.
Consider a rain barrel for outside watering of plants.
Now let's take a look at some other ideas room-by room.
Install a programmable thermostat.
Install energy efficient CFL light bulbs.
Use a power strip with an off/on switch and turn off when not in use.
Put window coverings on windows.
Open the blinds/curtains to help heat a room.
Use area rugs on wooden floors.
Add some houseplants.
Consider unplugging your TV when not in use.
Make sure your fridge is in the shade and not direct sunlight.
Make the change to Energy Star-Qualified appliances.
Stop looking in the fridge so much, you already know what's in there.
Compost kitchen scraps.
Clean with all natural, non-chemical products..
Use the microwave instead of the oven.
Always run a full load in the dishwasher.
Use both racks at the same time to cook food, and keep the door closed to keep a steady temperature.
Use more rags and less paper towels.
Clean those fridge coils.
Run your dishwasher in the middle of the night.
Use cloth napkins.
Use essential oils and non-aerosol scents.
Repurpose old furniture instead of buying new.
Make the decision to install energy-efficient windows.
Use organic sheets on a non=toxic mattress that hasn't been treated with chemicals.
Buy recycled toilet paper.
Open windows to keep mold at bay.
Get a spider plant.
Wash in cold water.
Skip the dryer and hang to dry when you can.
Use concentrated detergent, or better yet, invest in some soap nuts.
Clean the filter on your dryer.
Get a set of dryer balls.
Run the washer and dryer in the middle of the night.
Turn down the water heater.
Protect your local environment by planting native plants.
Plant some herbs.
And something else to consider:
Switch to online bill pay.
We should all play a role in making this word a better place.
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