Water Saving Tip: Wash Your Laundry with COLD Water

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WATER SAVING TIP: Wash your laundry with cold water whenever possible. To save water, try to wash full loads or, if you must wash a partial load, reduce the level of water appropriately.  Hot water heating accounts for about 90 percent of the energy your machine uses to wash clothes — only 10 percent goes to electricity used by the washer motor. Depending on the clothes and local water quality (hardness), many homeowners can effectively do laundry exclusively with cold water, using cold water laundry detergents. Switching to cold water can save the average household more than $40 annually (with an electric water heater) and more than $30 annually (with a gas water heater). Washing full loads can save you more than 3,400 gallons of water each year.

-excerpt from EnergyStar.gov

Green your laundry for water savings

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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.

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How to Save Water During A Heat Wave

 

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This past week Southern California has been experiencing unusually high temperatures.  It’s no secret that more water is often used during a heatwave.  However, below is a list of ways to reduce rather than increase water usage during a heat wave.

•Carry a reusable water bottle with you at all times.  It’s important for your health to stay hydrated. Watch the Ventura Water Video about working with the Never Waste Campaign and get your bottle from NeverWaste.org

•Water your lawn wisely.  Check your irrigation system to make sure it’s working properly and that there are no leaks! Visit Ventura Water’s Website & Blog to find out about Water Wise Gardening, Sprinklers 101, Ocean Friendly Gardens and more!

•Take the FREE Water Wise Classes starting Saturdays, September 14.  Learn more, CLICK HERE.

•Keep outdoor pools covered when not in use.  Covers help against evaporation (especially in dry or windy locales).

•Changing out showerheads and other water fixtures, look for the EnergyStar label!

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Easy Water Saving Tips at the Kitchen Sink!

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•Rinse fruits and veggies in a bowl of water vs. under a running faucet.

•Reuse water from boiling or steaming pasta and vegetables to water plants as soon as the water cools.

•If you finish a cold drink and have ice cubes left over, put the ice in planters or flower pots.

•Only run the washing machine and dishwasher when you have full loads.

•When washing your hands, don’t let the water run while you’re lathering up your hands with soap.

•Fix any leaks or malfunctions immediately to avoid more costly repairs, more money spent on your water bill and damage.

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10 Water Saving Tips

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10 Water Saving Tips From Save Our Water

1.  Take shorter showers.
2.  Turn off the faucet when brushing teeth.
3.  Water your lawn only when it needs it.
4. Use a broom to clean driveways and sidewalks.
5.  Adjust sprinklers so they don’t water driveways and sidewalks.
6.  Only wash full loads of laundry.
7.  Run the dishwaster only when full.
8.  Fix leaky faucets and toilets.
9.  Use a shut-off nozzle on your hose.
10.  Plant California-friendly trees and plants.
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“Think at the Sink” for Happier Pipes

No FOGWe automatically turn on water faucets dozens of times each day. The water swirls and whoosh – it’s gone! But when was the last time you thought about what goes down the drain?

Since the invention of the garbage disposal (which claims to grind even the hard stuff such as small bones and fruit peels), people have turned the sink drain into a common destination for kitchen waste. People often throw or pour many substances down the drain without thinking of the consequences to pipes or the environment.

Putting trash down the kitchen sink (or any other drain in the house) can cause pipes to clog, burst or backup. This may eventually lead to expensive, hazardous sewage spills in your home, business, streets, rivers and ocean that also harm the environment. Here’s how to properly dispose of the most common things that should never go down the drain:

Ventura Water - Think At SinkFats, Oils and Grease (FOG) – FOG sticks to the interior surface of pipes, hardens over time, and may cause clogs, backups or sewage spills. FOG includes the obvious offenders such as cooking oils, meat juices and shortening, but salad dressings and sandwich spreads, dairy products, sauces and butter/margarine can also cause problems. Another bad idea is pouring hot water and detergent down the drain with grease. The grease only temporarily breaks up and will eventually cling to pipes as it cools. The best way to get rid of FOG is to let it cool/harden, mix it with other absorbent materials, place it in a bag or container, and then throw it in the trash. For liquid cooking oil, pour into a leak-proof container (plastic bottle with a secure top in which cooking oil came) and bring it to one of the City’s free Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events held on the third Saturday of each month. Call 652-4525 Monday through Thursday to make an appointment for the next event.

Food – The best way to use food scrapes is to compost what you can and wipe or scrape the remnants into the trash. Use a drain screen in your sink to catch any remaining bits of food as you wash the dishes. Always use your garbage disposal sparingly.


 “The only thing that should go down the drain is what comes out of the faucet!”


Coffee grounds and eggshells – Should be put in the trash and never sent through the garbage disposal. These items also make great additions to garden compost.

Hair – Hair will catch and stick to other items and is very difficult to get out of piping once it gets in. Prevent hair from going into the pipes by using a fine drain screen to catch hair in your bathtub and shower and dispose of it in the trash.

Household hazardous materials – Such as motor oil, pesticides, paint and solvents should never be poured down the drain. These are highly toxic and will cause long-term environmental damage. Dispose of these items and many others at one of the City’s free Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Events by calling 652-4525 Monday through Thursday to make an appointment for the third Saturday of each month. For more details, visit cityofventura.net/HHW and help keep our community safe and clean.

From Pipeline, August 2012

Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tip: 5 Ways to Save Water in the New Year!

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The beginning of a new year always marks the start of making New Year’s resolutions!  So why not include “saving water” in your “to do” list!

Here are 5 great tips that are simple, easy resolutions!

•Buy recycled paper products.

Products made with 100% recycled paper require less water in the manufacturing process.  Recycled products also reduce waste going into our already overcrowded landfills.

•Carry a water bottle everywhere you go.

Avoid buying bottled water when you can bring delicious tasting tap water with you in a BPA-Free, recyclable container .  You’ll save money, your health (drinking water is healthier than drinking soda!)  and you’ll save on the environment.

•Eat at least one vegetarian meal a week.

Grains, fruits, and vegetables are among the healthiest foods you can eat and that’s why experts say that going vegetarian (having a meatless meal) once a week is not only healthy, it can also save on the environment.  Going meatless for one meal saves on the natural resources (water)  it requires to maintain livestock.

•Install water aerators in your home.

Install water aerators in your kitchen and bathroom sinks. Using less water saves money and our natural resources!

•Water your garden and yard early in the morning.

Water will reach its target (the roots) when watered early in the morning.  If you water mid-day, the water intended for your lawn and garden will wind up going into the atmosphere vs. the water’s intended target.

Have a Happy Sustainable New Year!

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Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tip: How to Save Water in the Office

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Conserving water is good for the planet.  While people may be conscious on how to conserve water at home, it’s also important to conserve at the office!

Here are 4 top tips for saving WATER in the workplace!

•Create a eco-friendly committee of office workers that will meet regularly to discuss ways to reduce water usage and implement other eco-friendly practices.

•Create posters to encourage water conservation.

•Install low-water-use appliances.

•Post water usage stats and create incentives for reducing water usage.

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Ventura Water’s Waterwise Tips: Get into the “Business” of Saving Water

Get into the “business” of saving water at work!    Unless we’re the persons responsible for paying the water bills at the office, saving water at the office is not always a top-of-mind conscious behavior.  However, offices, buildings, factories and other business venues consume huge amounts of water.  It’s just as important to SAVE at the office as it is at HOME.

 
Here are just a few  great water saving tips at the office:
•Post a hotline in bathrooms and kitchens to report leaks or water waste to facility managers or maintenance personnel.

•Create a suggestion and incentives system at your organization to recognize water-saving ideas.

•Include water saving tips in your employee newsletter.

•Implement a water management plan for your facility, then educate employees on good water habits through newsletters and posters.

•Have a water audit done for your facility to find out the recommended water use for your operations, then make sure someone monitors your utility bills to gauge your monthly consumption.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE at WaterUseItWisely.com.

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