November 21, 2019

10 Practical Conservation Tips

  1. Only do full loads of laundry. You could save more than 1000 gallons of water per month.
  2. Utilize reusable bags whenever possible. It takes 1000 years for plastic bags to degrade. Even though paper bags are recyclable, in the U.S. alone, approximately 14,000,000 trees are cut down every year for paper bags.
  3. Try shortening your shower by a minute or two. If you do, 150 gallons of water could be saved per month! Also turning the water on and off as needed (when scrubbing your body or shampooing your hair). 
  4. Set your refrigerator’s temperature between 36-38 °F and set the freezer to between 0-5 °F.   
  5. Give up meat once a week. Studies have estimated that a third of a pound of beef takes approximately 660 gallons of water to produce. Consider the methane and other greenhouse gas emissions of cattle, as well as the fossil fuels it takes to transport the beef. Even one day without meat helps to minimize these effects.
  6. Unplug appliances while they are not being used. Even after being turned off, plugged-in appliances use electricity.
  7. Print double-sided. Advocate for and minimize paper-use whenever possible.
  8. Close vents and doors in rooms that aren’t being used to conserve heat. 
  9. Use a ceramic or reusable mug for coffee or tea instead of using a disposable cup. One person’s cups alone are an estimated 23 pounds of waste per year.
  10. Make sure car tires are properly inflated. This helps to preserve the life of the tire, reduce gas, and provide an overall safer drive.

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