So Maranda got a Vegetarian Times email today and it mentioned some unique eco-friendly tips on saving water/energy and $ at the same time.
Some of the unique ones that stands out to us are:
Head off waste Install new showerheads: Those made after January 1994 are required to use no more than 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Older low-flow showerheads spray up to 5 gallons each minute.
Savings: 10,950 gallons of water for five-minute showers
Banish lint bunnies To improve dryer efficiency by 30 percent, remove lint from the filter after every use. A clear filter eases the strain on airflow, making it easier for the dryer to pull moisture from clothes.
Don’t do the dirty work When using a dishwasher, there’s no need to pre-rinse plates before loading. Most dishwashers are now built to do the job themselves. Consumer Reports found that pre-rinsing doesn’t get dishes any cleaner during the cycle and it just means more work for you. Also, run the dishwasher (and washing machine) only when it’s full.
Savings: 6,500 gallons, plus energy for heat and electricityHave an earth friendly day!