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Five Ways to Stop Wasting Water on Laundry

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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:

  1. 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. 
  2. 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?
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 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!

Is it Time to Upgrade Your Water Softener?

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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 Outdated.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.

Hustling Up the Hancock, Bottled Water in Hand

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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!

6 Reasons Water Is The Perfect Beverage

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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:
  1. Boost Weight Loss
    Drinking cold water can speed up your metabolism and burn more calories. Weight loss supplement anyone? 
  2. Improve Organ Function
    Getting enough H2O prevents toxins and acid waste from creating an environment for bacteria to thrive in your bladder and kidney. 
  3. Say Goodbye To Fatigue
    Water is the most vital source of energy in the body. Lack of it causes tiredness and fatigue.
  4. 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.
  5. Health Issues Be Gone
    Asthma? Allergies? High blood pressure? All of these issues can be improved when you keep yourself hydrated. 
  6. 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!