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15 Ways To Save Water Plus an Energy Cost Savings Calculator

Posted by: Lori Feldman on

Water is Mother Earth’s most precious resource, but it’s also one that’s easiest to waste, even when we try to be careful. A leaky sink, kitchen faucet or a flush on a water-guzzling, non-low-flow toilet flows down the drain and costs money. Plus, are you still using old-fashioned filament light bulbs? (Really?) You’re being awfully generous to the utility companies!

Everyone’s looking to cut costs right now, especially with the holidays coming up. We found this great energy and water-saving calculator that lets you take a peek at how much money you’d save if you replaced older toilets, tanks, shower heads and faucets with more eco-friendly models.

The calculator lets you enter how many of each type of plumbing fixture you have in your home and the approximate times a day each one gets used. Then it adds up your total estimated cost savings if you were to switch out your fixtures to more conservation models.

Even if you don’t think your plumbing leaks or you’ve already installed low-flow toilets, you can still use the calculator to determine energy cost savings on old-time lightbulbs vs. the new twisty CFL (compact flourescent light) bulbs. For example, just replacing 10 filament bulbs that get used 3 hours a day can save you $126 per year!

Here are 15 more ideas for conserving water and saving energy costs from Niagra Conservation, who created the energy cost savings calculator.

  1. Don’t let the sound of a running toilet or a drippy faucet turn into “white noise.” Fix them as soon as you become aware of the problem.
  2. Install water-efficient plumbing fixtures throughout your house–and outside where you screw in your garden hose.
  3. Take a shower instead of a bath, and set a timer to get in and get out. You can save up to 40 gallons of water each time!
  4. Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth or shave.
  5. Add aerators to every faucet.
  6. Use freezer-safe mugs to cool sodas and other drinks. This saves water to make ice cubes and won’t dilute your drink’s flavor.
  7. Use insulated coolers rather than ice buckets to keep bottles and food cool while traveling.
  8. Don’t run your washing machine when you don’t have a full load to wash.
  9. Stop pre-rinsing your dishes. Newer dishwashers thoroughly clean them without this extra water-wasting step.
  10. Use “gray” water from activities like washing dishes (unless you use harsh detergents) and showering to water plants.
  11. Plan ahead to thaw food ahead of time in the refrigerator or use the defrost feature on your microwave. Stop thawing food by running water over it!
  12. Wash your car by hand with water in a bucket or take it to a carwash that uses recycled water.
  13. When buying plants for landscaping, consult a horticulturalist or landscaper. Native plants require less water and maintenance.
  14. Water your lawn in the morning when it’s less likely to evaporate before soaking in.
  15. Hold a family meeting to discuss ways to save water – education and awareness are the first keys!

Originally posted 2009-11-10 09:09:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter