5 Easy Ways to Conserve Water & Energy

Heather Asiyanbi - 4/25/18 7:00 PM

Every April, we commemorate Earth Day with a variety of activities like planting trees, touting the benefits of recycling, and encouraging citizens to use renewable sources of energy. Since its humble beginnings, Earth Day has grown into an international movement to improve the quality of the air we breathe, the water we drink and to understand the need to conserve our natural resources.

Earth Day was created by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970 to call attention to air and water pollution but that doesn't mean you only think about conservation on this one day of the year. There are steps you can take to bring the philosophy of Earth Day to life every day that are both practical and easier than you might think.

  1. Fix Leaks - Sinks and toilets that drip and leak waste hundreds of gallons of water lots of money throughout the year. Repairing or replacing leaky fixtures not only conserves water, but it will save you money, too, on your water bill.
  2. Shower Instead of Bathe - Taking a five-minute shower uses far less water than a bath; 10 to 15 gallons of water compared to an average of 70 gallons. Sure, the occasional bath to relax or detox after illness is perfectly acceptable, but for daily cleansing, take a shower instead.
  3. WaterSense LogoInstall Low-Flow Fixtures - Look for the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense badge when shopping for new faucets and toilets. Fixtures with the
  4.  WaterSense label are at least 20 percent more efficient than traditional models; 1.5 gallons per minute for faucets and 1.28 gallons per flush for toilets.
  5. Turn Off Lights in Empty Rooms - Parents everywhere are constantly reminding kids to turn off the light when they leave a room and for good reason. The less time lights are on, the less energy they use which translates into lower energy bills.
  6. Use LED Lamps - Replacing incandescent and CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs with their LED equivalent saves energy, time and and money. Not only do LEDs use considerable less electricity - 8 watts compared to the traditional 60 - they also last for years and don't contain mercury like a CFL.

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