Millions of people around the world do laundry each day. The average American family alone does 8-10 loads of laundry each week, according to the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). A single load of laundry, from wash to dry, takes an average of one hour and twenty seven minutes to complete. That’s a lot of water and energy! In the spirit of saving, here are some tips to lighten that hefty burden that comes with all those loads of laundry:
- Wash Big Loads
Don’t let that small pile of dirty towels make you feel overwhelmed. Wait until the pile is big enough to wash a large load in the washing machine.
- Reuse Shower Towel
Think about it… you use that towel to dry your clean body. Why not let it air dry and reuse a few more times?
- Wear Clothes Twice
Do you really need to wash that pair of jeans you wore for one hour to go grocery shopping? Unless you spilled your coffee on them or jumped in a puddle, wear them again before washing!
- Darks in Cold
Wash dark clothes in cold water and you will save water and energy, not to mention help retain the color of your clothes!
- Match Water to Load
If you are doing a medium-sized load of laundry, then only use a medium-sized amount of water. Extra water is not necessary.
We all love clean, fluffy, fresh smelling clothing, sheets and towels, but who doesn’t like to save the environment (and money)! Next time you are ready to wash those dirty socks, think about how much water can be saved by throwing in some jeans and t-shirts with them!
Old. Outdated. Inefficient. Costly.
None of those sound appealing, do they? We didn’t think so. When is the last time you checked to make sure your water softener didn’t fall under any of those categories? Now is as good a time as any.
For starters, a water softener should be inspected once a year to assure it’s running properly and efficiently. If it is, you’re going to reap the benefits, the largest of which is soft water. But along with that soft water comes lower water and electric bills, easier cleaning, softer skin, hair and laundry, better-tasting water, and sparkling dishes.
But if your softener is old and inefficient, it’s time to think about an upgrade. The modern technology found in a high efficiency water softener is going to make an even bigger difference you can feel at home and in your wallet. The Culligan High Efficiency Water Softener, for example, is the world’s most efficient water softener. Why? Check out the benefits:
- Low Maintenance - Automatic service notifications sent directly to your Culligan Man.
- Lower Bills - Spend less every month on energy, water, detergents, shampoo, and more.
- More Control - Custom water softness where you want it, automatically adjusted for how you use it most.
Not sure if you need an upgrade? Follow this three-step process to figure it out:
First, look at your costs. Take a peek at your water and electric bills and your salt usage. Are you buying more salt because you have to fill the tank more often? If you’re seeing costs creep up, you’re using excess water. That’s a pretty big sign that your water softener is not as efficient as it could be.
Then, have your water softener inspected. Call your local Culligan Man. He’ll inspect your water softener and test your home’s water quality. If there’s an issue, he’ll be able to provide you with solutions.
And lastly, make sure you understand modern technology. Water softeners used to be sized for the number of people in a home. Have your kids moved away to college? Are there fewer people using water at home? Your softener may be using more water and electricity than necessary. The Culligan HE can monitor for changes in water consumption, adjusting automatically.
What does climbing, lungs and water have in common? The 17th Annual Hustle Up the Hancock
, of course! Over 4,000 people will be racing to the top of the John Hancock Center in downtown Chicago this weekend for a noteworthy cause. Partnering with the Respiratory Health Association
(RHA), Culligan International is the official bottled water sponsor for Hustle Up the Hancock this Sunday, April 13th.
Culligan will provide bottled water for climbers as they race up 94 floors to the top of the John Hancock Center in an effort to raise money for lung disease research, advocacy and education. Last year, over 2,500 participants indicated they or someone they know has been touched by a form of lung disease, showing how necessary RHA’s research really is.
Good luck to all the climbers! For those who will be climbing, don’t forget to look for the “Hey Culligan Man” team at the top! Cheers to clean water and healthy lungs!
The average human body is 75% water. Blood is 92% water. Muscles are 75% water. Bones are 22% water. Long story short, water is a BIG part of the human body, literally. In case you are still leery of increasing your water intake (or simply forget to drink enough), here are some reasons to drink up:
- Boost Weight Loss
Drinking cold water can speed up your metabolism and burn more calories. Weight loss supplement anyone?
- Improve Organ Function
Getting enough H2O prevents toxins and acid waste from creating an environment for bacteria to thrive in your bladder and kidney.
- Say Goodbye To Fatigue
Water is the most vital source of energy in the body. Lack of it causes tiredness and fatigue.
- Look Younger
Drinking plenty of water helps moisturize skin. When chronically dehydrated, the body’s largest organ, the skin, begins to wrinkle and wither prematurely.
- Health Issues Be Gone
Asthma? Allergies? High blood pressure? All of these issues can be improved when you keep yourself hydrated.
- Hello Brain Function
Water is a natural headache remedy… those pesky head pains are often caused by dehydration.
So have a nice cool glass of water as soon as you awaken! Water, it does a body better than any other beverage out there!
Remember as a kid how much you loved drinking sugary beverages like soda, lemonade and fruit juice? Children today are still consuming those same beverages except now the variety of choices has increased (so has the marketing). Unfortunately, those delicious, sugar-filled drinks aren’t always the best beverage choices for children (or adults).
Most adults enjoy indulging in sweetened beverages but are also aware of the importance of drinking plenty of water (eight glasses a day is ideal), but are you ensuring your children take part in this effort? Truth be told, children are less likely to consume water according to a recent study done by The NPD Group. Children tend to drink soft drinks or milk during meals and fruit-type drinks in between meals.
According to http://sugarydrinkfacts.org, a 12-ounce can of soda typically contains 10.5 teaspoons of sugar and there are at least 15 grams of sugar per serving in two-thirds of the drinks marketed to children. This means that children get their TOTAL daily intake of sugar in one sweet drink alone. That’s A LOT of sugar, and it has its side effects. Sugary beverages are a major contributor to childhood obesity and double the risk of dental problems in children according to http://kickthecan.info.
So start replacing those oh so desirable sugary drinks with water. If your children don’t like the taste of water, add some lemon or lime for flavor or try feeding them more fruits and vegetables, which are chock-full with water. Children need plenty of water to stay hydrated and healthy, so next time they are thirsty, help them hit the tap!
There's plenty more to Culligan's legacy than water
Without the men and women who've developed the company and its
expertise in the industry, Culligan would be little more than a
brand name. Last month, the Culligan system lost one of its
longtime greats, Lucille Neubert.
Lucille, who passed away on December 12 at the age of 105,
became Culligan's first female franchise owner in 1939 when she and
her husband, Merle Sophy, acquired the Mankato, Minnesota
dealership from Culligan's founder, Emmett J. Culligan. At the
time, it was just the ninth franchise in the country.
The dealership in Mankato has remained in the family for three
Lucille was twice widowed before marrying Clarence Neubert and
settling in Arizona. Lucille's son, Michael Sophy, who remains part
owner of Culligan of Mankato along with his son, said his mother
was an avid gardener and pianist, and loved to travel the
Culligan International is grateful for its Culligan men and
women, and thanks Lucille's family for their years of dedicated
service. She'll be missed within the Culligan family.
The excitement of a "fresh start" has just begun, and in the
midst of it all is the need for resolutions; whether it's trying
something new or bettering something in our lives. One resolution
that everyone should strongly consider though is adding more water
to their daily routine.
While many are aware of the benefits of water to all aspects of
life, there are quite a few specific to one's health and
well-being. Here are a few to help you get started:
You Lose Weight: Replace high calorie
beverages with water, decreasing calorie intake
Shine to Hair: At the end of your shower, rinse hair
with cool water to add shine
You Smarter: Drink enough a day and it will increase
oxygen levels to brain, improving cognitive performance
- Reduces Anxiety/Stress: Use a water feature
(think tabletop water fountain) on your desk at work to calm your
- Improves Sleep: Soak in a hot bath before
bedtime to increase relaxation
- Increases Energy/Minimizes Fatigue: Drinking
plenty of H20 helps organs function properly and prevents
dehydration, giving you more vitality
You Young: Keep skin moisturized and reduce wrinkles
by drinking at least 8 glasses a day
Water has so many perks, including making YOU a healthier
version of yourself. So whether you've decided to learn a new
language, exercise more often or perhaps travel more in 2014,
adding water into the equation can only benefit you and your
livelihood! Drink up!