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4 easy ways to save water

  • 1.     Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and shaving.

     Leaving the water on while you brush your teeth wastes around 8 gallons of water a day, and letting it run while shaving uses up another 10 gallons each time. That adds up to about 5,700 gallons of water wasted per person per year, just from these two activities. And hey, if you can turn off the faucet with your elbow or a towel so the water doesn't run for an extra 20 seconds while you're washing your hands, you'll save even more. 

  • 2.   Don’t start the shower until you’re ready to get in

    And set a timer to help you cut down on the time spent with the water running. Showering is responsible for nearly 17 percent of both the average American’s water usage and their total home electricity (thanks to the hot water). Every minute in the shower uses up around 2.5 gallons of water. To make even better use of all that H2O, keep a bucket in the shower to catch the water while you’re waiting for it to warm up, then use it to water your garden.

  • 3.   Swear off bottled water. 

    1.     Instead, invest in a few glass or stainless steel water bottles (such as those from Origin and S’Well). Here’s why it’s important: It takes up to 2,000 times as much energy to produce bottled water as it does to produce the same amount of tap water—plus there’s the energy cost of transporting the bottled water to your local store. What’s more, each plastic water bottle that ends up in the landfill (or ocean) will be around for at least 450 years. Concerned about the contaminants in your drinking water? Purchase a filter to attach to your faucet, or use the kind of filtered pitchers made by companies like Brita and ZeroWater. True, you’ll end up paying a little more at the outset, but you’ll end up saving money in the end, as drinking bottled water can be a pretty expensive habit.

  • 4.  Stop doing small loads of laundry. 

     The average washing machine uses around 41 gallons of water to wash a single load. Holding off on doing laundry until each load is full will save water—up to 3,400 gallons a year. Temperature is important to consider, too. Washing in cold will save a significant amount of energy, since a whopping 90 percent of the electricity used by the average washer is devoted to heating hot water. (Stick with hot, though, if you need to kill germs.) For even bigger savings, choose an ENERGY STAR-certified model, which uses 40 percent less water, the next time you have to replace your washing machine.