There are a number of simple things you can do at home to reduce your use of water. Water is a precious commodity; one way we can improve our sustainability impact is to use less water. Here are some simple steps:
Buy a low flow showerhead. You will save hot water (up to10 gallons per shower) and about 350 pounds of carbon dioxide each year.
Set your water heater at 120 degrees; wrap the water heater in an insulating blanket if it is more than 5 years old.
When washing your clothes use the cold water cycle. In summer months hang your clothes outside to dry. That change alone can save at least 500 pounds of carbon dioxide annually in most households.
Always use the energy reduction setting on your dishwasher; let the dishes air-dry.
If three people installed a low flow showerhead in their household they would save 1,050 pounds of carbon dioxide a year. This reduction in energy usage is equivalent to:
0.476 metric tons of CO2.
The carbon sequester by 12.2 tree seedlings grown for 10 years.
Greenhouse gas emissions avoided by recycling 365 lobs of waste instead of sending it to the landfill.