This year, resolve to take a few simple steps to be kinder to the environment and conserve the earth's most precious natural resource - water.
- Buy a reusable water bottle. This helps keep plastic single-use water bottles out of landfills and saves you money on drinking water. If you drank exclusively from water in bottles, you could end up spending around $1,400 per year (1).
- Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. Each year, those few minutes of daily wasted tap water add up. Did you know that the average bathroom sink faucet flows at a rate of two gallons per minute (2)?
- Fill it up. Whether it's your dishwasher or your washing machine, be sure it's full before you run it. Less than one percent of the earth's water supply is available for human consumption and use (3).
- Check for leaks. Fixing small leaks in faucets and pipes is usually easy and inexpensive. Grab a wrench-you may be able to do it yourself! Dripping at one drop per second, a leaky faucet can waste 3,000 gallons of potable water per year (1)!
- Avoid high noon when watering the lawn. Minimize evaporation by watering your lawn and garden in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler.
- Monitor your water bill. Use your bill and water meter to help you discover where you can be more water efficient. The average American household spends as much as $500 per year on water and sewer costs (3).
- Consider Culligan's Bottled Water Delivery or a Bottle-Free® water cooler for your home or office or a Culligan Aqua-Cleer home drinking water system. Get great tasting drinking water without the disposal of single-use bottles.
Share these tips with your family, friends and co-workers. Set up a household, neighborhood or workplace challenge with a fun reward or incentive. Who can save the most water? Who can "kick the disposable bottle" the fastest? Who can save the most on their water bill? Small changes made by lots of people are a great way to achieve a sustainable approach to water conservation.
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