Water Conservation Tips for Home and Business

Easy to follow water saving techniques for home and business.
By: Sheila Morrison
Oct. 5, 2009 - PRLog -- Did you know that of the entire Earth's water supply, less than 2% of it is fresh water, and only about 1% is drinkable (the rest is frozen)? It is this precious 1% that is responsible for practically all life on earth. While it may not seem to be cause for alarm to use water indiscriminately, because it is so readily available, fresh water is not in unlimited supply. It is both environmentally responsible and financially beneficial for all of us to do what we can to reduce our wasteful water use. By installing products like an Oxygenics Showerhead or a Titan Tankless Water Heater, you can save thousands of gallons of water annually.

Below are some additional easy to follow, water saving techniques you can start implementing today:

• When washing dishes by hand, don't let the water run while rinsing. If you have dual sinks, fill one sink with wash water and the other with rinse water.
• Check your sprinkler system frequently and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk, or street.
• Run your washing machine and dishwasher only when they are full and you could save 1000 gallons a month.
• Use the garbage disposal sparingly. Consider composting instead and save gallons every time.
• Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator instead of running the tap for cold drinks, so that every drop goes down you not the drain.
• When washing a car, use soap and water from a bucket. Use a hose with a shut-off nozzle for rinsing.
• Avoid flushing the toilet unnecessarily. Dispose of tissues, insects and other such waste in the trash rather than the toilet.
• Put a brick in the toilet tank in order to reduce the amount of water needed to flush the toilet.
• When washing dishes by hand, fill one sink or basin with soapy water. Quickly rinse under a slow-moving stream from the faucet.
• An automatic dishwasher uses 9 to 12 gallons of water while hand washing dishes can use up to 20 gallons.
• Water lawns during the early morning hours, or evening when temperatures and wind speed are the lowest. This reduces losses from evaporation.
• Do not hose down your driveway or sidewalk. Use a broom to clean leaves and other debris from these areas. Using a hose to clean a driveway wastes hundreds of gallons of water.
• Don't leave the water running when brushing your teeth or shaving. Get in the habit of turning off the water when it's not being used.
• Use of bowl of water to clean fruits & vegetables rather than running water over them. You can reuse this for your house plants.
• Collect rain water in a barrel or trash bin to use for watering plants. Plants prefer it over tap water.
The Turn Back Your Meter Team & www.ecoearthmall.com

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