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Easy Water Saving Tips

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In the Kitchen
15. Use your dishwasher, and you'll use half as much water as you would washing by hand.

The average dishwasher uses about 11 gallons of water per load. At four loads a week, you'll save 2,300 gallons a year.

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In the Bathroom
2. Install a low-flow or dual flush toilet.

These types use less water per flush, and dual flush models give you the choice of flushing with more water or less depending on the, um, "action." If you can't install a new toilet, put a half-gallon jug of water in your tank— make sure it doesn't float— to reduce its volume. Toilets account for about 27 percent of the water we consume indoors. As a nation, we flush almost 11 billion gallons per day. Place a half-gallon jug in your tank, and your household of four could save about 4,400 gallons per year. Low-flows and dual flushes cut use in half— up to 3 gallons per flush— compared to older toilets.

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In the Bathroom
3. Take a shorter shower.

The average person showers for 8 minutes a day. Every minute uses about 21⁄2 gallons of water. So that's 20 gallons of water for the average shower. If everyone turned off the water 1 minute sooner, the savings across the country would total nearly 12 billion gallons.

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In the Bathroom
4. Screw on a low-flow showerhead.

These and low-flow faucet aerators can reduce your water consumption by 50 percent. That means your teenager can still spend twice as much time in the shower—but only use half the amount of water.

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In the Bathroom
5. Skip baths.

Filling the tub can use three times as much water as taking an average-length shower. This savings alone amounts to 12,000 gallons a year. That's about as much water as it takes to fill an average above-ground swimming pool.

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In the Bathroom
6. Fill the sink instead of letting the water run when you shave.

You'll save 90 gallons of water a month. We could fill a football stadium 1,370 times with the water saved if every US adult male did this.

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In the Kitchen
7. Measure your coffee-making water more accurately, and the 1 extra cup you leave behind at the bottom of the coffeepot won't go to waste.

The biggest single use of drinking water is for making coffee. The 48 percent of US adults, or 106 million people, who drink it every day can make sure it's good to the last drop. Savings: 2.4 billion gallons per year.

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In the Kitchen
8. Don't always believe the box when you cook.

It only takes 11⁄2 quarts of water, for instance, to cook a pound of pasta, whereas most instructions say it takes between 4 and 6 quarts. Considering that we cook a billion pounds of pasta per year in the United States, the water savings could equal a billion gallons as well.

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9. You don't have to drink that much water to be hydrated.

It's a myth that you need eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day to stay healthy. Four 8-ounce glasses will do for the average healthy human being. And even that is generous: We get most of the water we need to survive from the food we eat. Cut the myth in half, and we'd save more than 300 million liters of water a day, which is almost as much as all the bottled water sold every day throughout the world.

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In the Kitchen
10. Only freeze ice cubes you'll use within a month, especially if you have a frost-free freezer.

The water "in" ice cubes evaporates after several weeks because of sublimation, when H2O goes from its solid state to a gas. Your freezer fan and opening and closing the freezer door speed up this process. It takes about 11⁄2 cups of water to fill a tray. Evaporate a tray from every household in America, and we lose some 10 million gallons into thin air.

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11. Compost instead of running water to clear your disposal.

Five gallons of water per minute are being wasted as your food goes down the drain. Compost by turning your food waste into fertilizer and at the same time save almost 2,000 gallons of water per year.

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In the Kitchen
12. Soak your vegetables instead of rinsing them with the tap on.

You'll need only about a cup of water for a pound of vegetables versus the 80 cups you'd use by letting the tap run.

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In the Kitchen
13. Have designated drinking glasses for family members that they can use throughout the day— or across multiple days— instead of having them take a new glass each time they get thirsty.

This will cut down on the washing (and the water) required for no good reason except a "fresh glass."

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14. Scrape excess food into the trash can or compost bin instead of rinsing dishes before placing them in the dishwasher.

Why rinse-wash-rinse when you can just wash-rinse? Sticky food lovers: Wet a sponge and use that instead of letting the tap run.

In the Bathroom
1. Turn off the tap when you brush your teeth.

Do as your dentist recommends and brush your teeth three times a day, and, tap running, you’ll likely use about 5 gallons of water. Turn off the tap, and you could use as little as a few tablespoons. If every American did this, the savings after just 1 day would be as much as all the residents of an average-size state use in 21⁄2 days.

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