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Water Conservation

Don't be a drip when it comes to saving water. Water wasted means energy wasted. Here are some conservation tips for your stream of consciousness.

Be shower savvy. Take shorter showers—try to keep them to less than five minutes. When taking a bath, start filling the tub with the drain already plugged instead of waiting first for the water to get warm. Adjust the temperature as the tub begins to fill. Perhaps take a shower instead of a bath. While a five minute shower uses 12 to 25 gallons of water, a full tub requires about 70 gallons. Go here for a river's worth of water conservation insights.

Slow your flow. Low-flow toilets, faucets, and fixtures can reduce water usage by 20-30%. They not only conserve water, but also the energy required to pump, treat, and heat the water. The EPA's WaterSense program labels plumbing products that meet water conservation standards.