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Making Mother Earth Happy With Thoughtful Plumbing and Water Conservation

For those who worry about the long-term sustainability of this planet we’re all living on, there’s more you can do besides buying a pricey hybrid car and organic vegetables. There are steps you can take – and a few that involve your plumbing utilities – to cut down on water and energy expenditure. Here, are a few ideas.Eco-Friendly
 
Don’t Take Too Many Baths
 
A long, luxurious bath may hit the spot now and again, especially if you’re the sort of person who requires a relaxation ritual. But to maintain personal cleanliness, bathing might be a gratuitous use of water. According to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, a bath can eat up as much as 15 more gallons of water than a quick shower. Other steps the agency recommends include spending less than 15 minutes in the shower, and adding a low-flow shower head to your arsenal of bathroom décor.
 
Be Selective about Sink Water
 
After a shower, some people will flip on their sink faucets and keep them running throughout a teeth brushing or shaving routine. This is a sure fire way to waste plenty of water. While shaving off the stubble that accumulates during the night, men should fill the sink halfway and shut off the faucets. A half-full sink should be plenty to cover most facial shaving needs. And of course, there’s no reason to keep blasting water away into your sink while brushing your teeth.
 
Keep up with your dishes
 
Some water saving techniques could also help undermine household hassles, like the piling of filthy dishes in the sink, for instance. The Austin Water Utility recommends washing dishes immediately after they’re used, at which point, scraps of food are easy to remove without using any water at all.
 
Install a Solar Water Heater
 
Somewhat surprisingly, it seems solar water heaters could be a feasible way to conserve money and resources, whether you live in sunny Utah, or Antarctica. The U.S. Department of Energy says solar water heaters can function regardless of the surrounding climates, and could save you a lot of money. Nobody’s going to send you a bill for sunlight, after all. However, there are a handful of other cost efficiency factors to consider, as well as community codes and regulations, so you might want to check with your local plumber before going ahead with a solar heater.
 
http://austintexas.gov/department/save-water-while-washing-dishes
 
http://energy.gov/public-services/homes/water-heating
 
http://www.puco.ohio.gov/puco/index.cfm/consumer-information/consumer-topics/energy-and-water-conservation-tips/

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