Everyday Green – Little Changes Make a Difference

Conserve water. Turn off faucets when you brush teeth, lather up, or shave. It’ll save gallons per year. That’s money in your wallet. Leaky taps? Call a plumber. Replacing a washer may not be the long-range fix. Have your home’s water pressure tested. Chances are it’s high. Excessive pressure breaks down the material washers are made of. Install a pressure regulator. If you can’t afford a plumber, collect the water in a bowl or a pan. Use it to flush your toilet, (pour in the bowl, and gravity does the rest!) or water a plant.

Save fuel. Next time you’re at the drive-thru window, turn off your engine. You’re wasting fuel and sending toxins into the air. Conserve miles by pairing with friends to run errands. Make a list of places you need to go, then plan a route to avoid retracing steps. Go online to browse the sales first. You’ll save time, gas, and stress. Order consumer services like auto insurance and car repairs online, too. You’ll save money, and reclaim the time you’d otherwise spend chasing bargains.

Screaming hot water might be appropriate if you’re fighting a stain on white cotton, but it isn’t good for your skin. It strips away precious oils your skin needs to stay young and supple, especially in winter. Lower your water heater’s temperature a tad, save money and take years off your complexion. Meanwhile, keep an eye on that old tank. Watch for leaking, irregular water temperatures, rusty bathwater, or persistent knocking; all signs that could mean your dinosaur is ready for the bone yard. If you’re in the home of your dreams, you might consider a tank-less replacement. They’re pricey, but the green years you’ll spend in the home and the money you’ll save might be worth the expense.

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