According to the Environmental Protection Agency, washing and drying your laundry is one of the most energy- and water-intensive chores in the home. Through cleaning, maintenance and the purchase of environmentally-friendly products YOU can SAVE on ENERGY, REDUCE WATER USE and IMPROVE the INDOOR AIR QUALITY IN YOUR HOME!. READ MORE.
If you own a home and you want to clean your driveway or concrete walkways of dirt and debris. Instead of using a hose to get the job done, buy a quality broom or pressure wash broom. You’ll use less water!
Excerpted from GM Shana Epstein’s Column in the November 2012 issue of Pipeline.
Preparing for and cleaning up after a holiday meals and parties can use much more water than ordinary, everyday use. Running your tap continuously while preparing food or washing dishes wastes water and can use more than two gallons of water every minute your tap is running. That’s a lot when you’re cooking a big meal for extended family members and friends! Find ways to reduce your water and energy use, for example:
- Scrape dirty dishes clean, instead of using water to rinse them before you put them in the dishwasher.
- If you don’t use a dishwasher, fill the sink with a few gallons of soapy wash water, clean your dishes, and put them aside. Then rinse them all together afterward.
Either of these simple practices could save 10 gallons of water. If every American household reduced their water use by 10 gallons on just Thanksgiving Day, it would save more than 1 billion gallons of water, as well as save any energy or materials used to pump or treat tap water. More tips on WaterSense water-efficient products.