2011-09-29 / Police Reports

Tips To Save Water, Energy

More Americans than ever before are striving to be environmentally-friendly these days. Here are some easy tips to help save water and energy at home:

Wash full loads. When it comes to dishes and laundry, wait until you have a full load, use cold water for laundry and air dry dishes.

Heat water with natural gas. A gas water heater can heat water up to twice as fast as an electric one and only emits up to half the carbon emissions.

Go tankless. For even more efficiency, install a tankless water heater, which heats water on demand. A natural gas tankless water heater, near the point of use, eliminates energy loss caused by tank heaters that have unused water cooling in the tank. This can save hundreds of gallons of water over the course of a year. Plus, such tankless heaters last almost twice as long as tank water heaters.

Take low-volume showers. Replace your high-volume shower head with an aerated shower head, which uses a mix of water and air to produce a flow that feels strong but can save up to 60 percent of water.

Avoid the “ Phantom Load.” Appliances such as your TV, DVD player, cell phone charger, computer and other gadgets consume energy just by being plugged in. Unplug them when not in use. If that’s too cumbersome, plug them into a powerstrip that you can turn on and off with just one flick of a switch.

Fix Leaks. From dripping faucets to drafty doors and windows, leaks can be a major source of energy and water waste. Being a responsible homeowner or tenant and attending to those annoying home improvements can significantly reduce your monthly water and energy bills.

For more tips on saving water and energy in your home at www.comfortableresponsible.org.

When it comes to your money and the planet, little steps can make a big difference.

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