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  1. 1/13/2014 EVEN IN WINTER YOU CAN SAVE WATER
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    Many people think that water conservation is only important in the summer, which could not be further from the truth. There are many ways in which people can conserve water throughout the year. The amount of water used on a regular basis decreases only slightly during winter months, which means water conservation should be adhered to as part of daily lives throughout the entire year.

     

    There are many things that can be done around the house during the winter to reduce the amount of water used. The folks at WaterSense, the conservation program run by the Environmental Protection Agency, suggest simple ways to save water throughout the year.

     

    In the kitchen

     

    Washing your dishes in the sink? Don’t leave the tap running. Instead, plug the drain and fill the sink with soapy water or use a plastic wash basin. This will significantly reduce the amount of water you use.

     

    Garbage disposals use water to break down the food inside. It is best to scrape food scraps into your garbage, or if you can accommodate one, consider adding food wastes to a compost pile. This saves money (by not wasting water) and prevents sewer back-ups in homes by eliminating fats, oils and grease buildup in service lines.

     

    Save some elbow grease by only scraping food scraps off dishes and let a dishwasher do the rest. Don’t scrub dishes prior to placing them in a dishwasher. Also, avoid using the “rinse hold” function of a dishwasher for just a few soiled dishes, as it uses 3-7 gallons of hot water each time.

     

    Make sure the dishwasher has a full load before turning it on. According to Energy Star, dishwashers built before 1994 can use as much as 10 gallons of water per cycle. Nevertheless, even newer models should only be run when fully loaded, as this reduces the number of loads, saving time as well as water.

     

    Instead of running hot water over frozen foods, thaw them in the microwave or overnight in the refrigerator.

     

    Instead of letting a faucet run until its water is cool, fill a pitcher with water and store it in a refrigerator. When serving dinner, put an ice-cold pitcher of water on the table.

     

     

    In the laundry

     

    Wash clothes in cold water using cold-water detergents whenever possible. Switching the temperature setting from hot to warm can cut a load’s energy use in half.

     

    Wash and dry full loads. When washing a small load, use the appropriate water-level setting.

     

    Dry towels and heavier cottons in a separate load from lighter-weight items.

     

    Don’t over-dry clothes. Rely on a moisture sensor, which automatically shuts off the dryer when clothes are dry.

     

    Clean the lint screen in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation and prevent fire hazards.

     

    Use the cool-down cycle to allow clothes to finish drying with the heat remaining in the dryer.

     

    For more information regarding water conservation efforts of activities, or if questions arise, please call Alyssa Quinn at 303-979-2333.