Home Water Conservation: Save the Earth and Save Money


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“Water conservation is an important issue — and not just because we want to be environmentally responsible and because we want to keep our water bill as low as possible,” explains Sujoy Bhattacharya, Founder and CEO of Falls River Soap Company, a natural soap company based in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

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Large appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers, consume the most water in your home, so they are important places to start any water-conservation efforts. Set the water level on your washing machine to match the size of your load. Try to avoid doing frequent small loads; whenever possible, run the machine only when you have a full load.

Did you know: You don’t need to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher! No, really. Hand rinsing dishes under the faucet uses 15-18 gallons of water per load. If your dishwasher has a pre-rinse cycle, try using it instead of hand rinsing. If a dish or two isn’t completely clean after the dishwasher cycle, finish the job by hand. Like the washing machine, only run the dishwasher when it’s full. If you have only a few dishes, you should try washing them by hand in the sink, rather than under a running faucet.

After you conquer savings with these major appliances, the bathroom offers the next biggest opportunity.



Make sure your toilets are all working efficiently. According to the American Water Works Association, the average American home loses 14 percent of all water used to leaks. While you are at it, it is important to remember, the toilet is not a garbage can.



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