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6 Smart Ways to Reduce Your Use of Water and Energy

Man turned off the air conditioning unit to save energyLiving a healthy and more satisfying life is not only about eating and exercising to keep your body in great condition. It’s also about caring for the environment and reducing your contribution to its degradation.

One way to do this is by knowing how to save energy and water at home. Every little effort counts. Here are some of the easy ways to do it:

Use a bucket to save water for flushing the toilet

After turning the shower knob, you probably wait for a few minutes for the water to heat up before hitting the shower. Instead of letting all that water run down the drain, save some of it by positioning a bucket under the shower. You can use that water for flushing the toilet.

Water the plants before and after the sun is up

During the hottest months, getting up late to water the plants in your garden means letting the half the water evaporate before it reaches the deepest roots. If you can’t get up early enough, get an automatic sprinkler with a timer. If you have one but it’s not working, Utah Sprinkler recommends spending a few dollars to get reliable sprinkler system repairs. It’s still better than having to use more water for your plants because you slept in.

Take a cold shower

If the weather is nice and it’s not freezing out, forego the hot shower. Take a cold shower, so you don’t have to use electricity to heat up your water.

Use a tank-less heater

A conventional water heater has to keep the water in the tank hot at all times. A tank-less system, on the other hand, gives hot water only on demand. This may cost a bit more to install, but the savings are for the long term.

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Reduce the water you use for flushing

Replace your old toilet with a new one that has a water-saving feature. If you don’t want to spend on a new toilet, fill a plastic bottle with water and put it in the water tank to displace and reduce the water you use for flushing.

Don’t use the AC

You can use the air-conditioner for those hottest days, but consider reducing your dependence on it. Open your windows to let the breeze in. If you must, use electric fans instead of the air conditioning.

There are many ways to conserve water and energy and the best efforts always begin at home. The more water and electricity you save, the more money you save, as well.

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