The best way to go green and conserve water is to start at home, Green Planet has three tips to help homeowners become more eco-friendly by cutting back on water and energy consumption.
Save Energy By Washing Your Laundry in Cold Water Only
Almost all of the energy used by a washing machine goes towards heating the water, so by simply turning down the temperature, you can really make a dramatic impact on energy use. In fact, washing in cold water costs 5 to 10 times less than using warmer settings.
Save Waste and Water By Switching From Bottled to Filtered Water
The bottled water industry is extremely wasteful. It involves millions of barrels of oil each year and the process actually wastes water. Since bottled water is often consumed on the go, most bottles do not actually end up getting recycled. Fortunately, for most of us reading this article, water flows directly into our homes -- an amazing gift when you consider all of the places in the world where that is not the case. So why not get yourself a filter and a reusable bottle and fill up from the cheapest and most convenient place -- your faucet.
Save Energy and Waste By Switching from Regular Batteries to Rechargeables
Rechargeable batteries embody one of our favorite principles: reuse. While traditional batteries can only be used once, rechargeable batteries, as the name implies, can be used again and again. By using the same batteries over and over again, you cut back on the waste created by disposable batteries. When your rechargeables are eventually used up, though, it is important to recycle them. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, any batteries "can cause serious harm to human health and the environment if they are discarded with ordinary household or workplace waste." Find out where to recycle batteries (and almost anything else) at Earth911.
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