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Find Water Savings Indoors and Out

July 22, 2015

Here at Orbit, we’re focused on saving you water in the garden.  But there are plenty of ways to save water at other places around the home.  Here’s some great tips from our friends at Serviz.

 

Wash room

After washing clothes, your water is called grey water.  Considering the average washing machine can use up to 40 gallons per load, you’d be surprised how much grey water is produced from your weekly loads of laundry.  And if you have an organic washing detergent, that water would be perfect for your plants outside.

 

Bathroom

A ten minute shower typically uses 50 gallons of water.  So by shortening the time in the shower, the better.

When shaving, washing your hands or face, or whatever it might be, don’t leave the sink running.  Either turn it off between tasks or fill it up 1/3 of the way and use that.

The EPA estimates that a leaky toilet can waste up to 10,000 gallons of water per year.  So that small drip, drip, drip adds up.  Stop any leaks from the faucets, tubs or toilets.

 

Kitchen

Like we discussed in the bathroom, don’t leave the sink running between tasks.

Make sure dishwasher is full—it’s better to use a dishwasher than washing by hand, because dishwashers today use so little water, but make sure they’re full before running them.

Put drinking water in a pitcher in the fridge—instead of waiting for lukewarm water to cool before drinking, fill a pitcher and leave it in the refrigerator.  You’ll always have chilled water and you won’t be wasting any in the process.

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