It’s almost time for that sunny ritual we all love to hate – spring cleaning! But before you get your checklist ready, there are a few ways you can save water now and the rest of the year. It’s time to green up your clean up!
1. Clean Yourself! Taking showers instead of baths can dramatically reduce your water usage. A full bathtub requires up to 70 gallons of water while a quick five minute shower needs only 10 to 25 gallons. Challenge yourself to take the quickest shower possible – you can time yourself with a stopwatch, or listen to how many songs it takes you to finish. If you’re feeling extra competitive, you can challenge a family member to beat your time!
2. Don’t Sink! Turning off the water in the sink as you clean up can save water daily. As you brush your teeth or wash your face, consider turning the water off until you need it again. Turning off the tap as you brush your teeth can save eight gallons a day.
3. Fill It Up! Don’t run the dishwasher or washing machine until you have full loads. This will save water and energy (and time!) by only running the machines when they’re absolutely needed. If you do have a smaller load of laundry, lower the water setting in your washing machine.
4. Get Efficient! Replacing your old washing machine with a high-efficiency model can save up to 50 percent more water and electricity. Replacing your old stuff with ENERGY STAR® labeled appliances is a fantastic way to upgrade your appliances and save you money in the long run. The environment and your bank account will thank you for that!
As spring looms closer, it’s the perfect time to make your life a little greener. By practicing these simple tips around your house, you can conserve water and save a few dollars. Go ahead and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. We won’t tell.