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Residential water use increases 40 to 50% during summer months due to outdoor water use. Stormwater runoff is the leading type of residential non-point source pollution.
• Rain barrels conserve water and help lower costs (a rain barrel can save approximately 1,300 gallons of water during peak summer months).
• Rain barrels reduce water pollution by reducing stormwater runoff.
• Rain barrels are inexpensive and easy and install.
Although wind produces only about 1.5% of worldwide electricity use. It is growing rapidly, having doubled in the three years between 2005 and 2008. In several countries it has achieved relatively high levels of penetration, accounting for approximately 19% of electricity production in Denmark, 10% in Spain and Portugal, and 7% in Germany and the Republic of Ireland in 2008.
CFL bulbs replace incandescent light bulbs and fit in the same sockets. They use up to 75% less enegry and lasts up to ten times longer. 13 Watt CFL Bulb = 60 Watt Incadescent Bulb (Saves $38 in energy per bulb). If every U.S. household used 5 CFL bulbs, over the bulb's lifetime they would prevent the emissions equal to 3.5 million cars
Drinking Water: Bottled or From the Tap?
Americans buy 29 billion plastic water bottles a year. Manufactuers use 17 million barrels of crude oil to make these plastic bottles. Only one in every 6 of these bottles are recycled. Water from your kitchen tap is as safe as the bottled water you buy. In fact, it may be safer, as concerns grow that chemicals from the plastic bottles may leach into the water. Water is good for you, keep drinking it. But think about drinking from the a glass at home or carrying water in refillable stainless steel water bottles.
Install a Low-Flow Shower Head
Installing a low-flow showerhead is simple! Reduce water output by as much as 40-50 percent. Save up to 1 gallon of water per minute and $90 annually on your water bill.
Energy Efficient Washing Machines: Go Cold
Simply heating the water to wash clothes amounts to 90% of the washing machine's power consumption. The best way to save money when you are doing the laundry is to wash clothes in cold water. When used with cold-water detergent, washing in cold water is actually better for your clothes. Oily stains that require hot water for removal can be switched from hot to warm still saving energy and doing a good job of cleaning your laundry.
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