If you have read my posts in the past about us living green, you know I am very into trying my best to live a lifestyle where we recycle and reuse. We also make adjustments to our home schedule to accommodate trying to be green including limiting the amount of water we use. I have talked before that we limit our showers to three minutes and make sure we turn off the water in between brushing our teeth. Even small changes, will add up when we are talking about water conservation.
It is very important to think about simple changes we can make in our lives to be a little more eco-friendly. WaterSavers®, a consumer awareness campaign from the International Carwash Association® (ICA),is committed to promoting the importance of using eco-friendly car washes that use less fresh water and return clean water back into the environment. They are committed to helping out with water preservation.
1. How to Be Green and Clean Your Driving Machine – Keeping your car clean with regular washing is an important part of responsible maintenance, but washing at home with a garden hose can use more than 60 gallons of water in as little as five minutes. Furthermore, you’re putting harmful chemicals and detergents down storm sewers and that ends up polluting our rivers and streams.
You may be surprised to learn there is a greener way to keep your car sparkling: a professional car wash. A common misconception is that professional car washes waste water, when in fact the opposite is true. WaterSavers professional car washes, for example, use an average of no more than 40 gallons of fresh water per vehicle – less than the average home washing machine, which uses 41 gallons per load, according to the EPA. Professional car washes also responsibly dispose of — and in many cases recycle and re-use — the water runoff.
2. Go Green and Keep Your Whites White – It’s easy to take steps to conserve H2O and keep your wardrobe fresh. First, only run the clothes washer when you have a full load. Make this habit for both your clothes washer and dishwasher, and you can save up to 1,000 gallons of water a month, according to Wateruseitwisely.com.
You get extra green points if you use cold water when washing your clothes. Approximately 86 percent of the energy used by washing machines is for heating the water. Washing with cold water eliminates 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions each year from just one household, according to the Sierra Club.
3. Break Bad Bathroom Habits – Bathrooms are water hogs, accounting for about 75 percent of a home’s waterusage. Adopting a green mindset in the bathroom can save major water and money. Start by switching to a low-flow showerhead, which National Geographic says saves 15 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower. Keep the occasional bath for a special treat because the average tub takes about 70 gallons to fill, so showers are much more efficient.
So, do you follow any of these tips? Do you plan to implement any of these tips in your lifestyle? Be sure to check out WaterSavers to learn more about water conservation today!
Win it: One winner will receive a WaterSavers prize package including:
· Folding Umbrella
· 22 oz. Guzzy Water Bottle (filtering water bottle)
· Jelly Stick Non-Slip Grip for Car Dash
· 16 oz. ThermalView Insulated Travel Tumbler
This giveaway is run via rafflecopter so click read more to see the actual giveaway. The only mandatory entry is to tell me what is your favorite water conservation tip in the comment section proceeding the post. While the other entries are optional, I highly suggest filling them out to increase your chances of winning. Good luck! Us only!
*We received the above products for review purposes. As always, all my opinions are my own and not swayed by outside sources.