Best home magazine tips: Green living by Real Simple

Posted on Monday, December 9th, 2013 and is filed under Home Improvements, Homes & Cottages.

In the last few years we all have been more careful with the Environment. We waste less, we recycle more and some of us have been starting to search for alternative energy. We, as a society, have been paying more attention to the World. Finally!

“Interior Design Magazines” found at“Real Simple” some amazing ideas you can use in your everyday life to save water. Some of them you might know by now but it’s never too much to remind some important tips and advices.

Essential for our planet and for us. Saving just a little bit of water by day will make a big impact.

Bring Your Water With You

Buying a daily bottle of water may quench your thirst, but it parches the planet. Each one-liter plastic bottle takes seven liters of water to produce. Refilling your own bottle directs the water where it’s needed―into your body.

Your one-year effect: 577 gallons of water saved.

The effect if everyone in the U.S. did it for one year: Equal to the amount of water that would cover Washington, D.C., by 52 feet.

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Install a Low-Flow Showerhead

Low-flow showerheads cut water use in half. If you take a five-minute shower using this type of showerhead, the showerhead would save enough water in a year to fill a 15-foot above ground pool. Plus, you save all the energy that would have gone into heating the shower water.

Your one-year effect: 4,550 gallons of water saved.

The effect if everyone in the U.S. did it for one year: Enough water to fill about 2,100 Giants Stadiums.

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Water Your Lawn in the Early Morning or Evening

If you irrigate in the middle of the day, evaporation prevents 14 percent of the water from reaching the plants’ roots. Watering the lawn in the early morning or evening can save the typical homeowner 87 gallons a week.

Your one-year effect: 4,524 gallons of water saved.

The effect if every household in the U.S. did it for one year: Equal to nine times the annual rainfall in Seattle.

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Use a Lower Setting on Your Dishwasher

Contrary to popular belief, it’s almost never necessary to use the normal setting on a dishwasher or to rinse plates beforehand. The light-wash setting cleans just as well while reducing water use up to 55 percent.

Your one-year effect: 2,860 gallons of water saved.

The effect if every household in the U.S. did it for one year: Equal to the amount of water that would cover Rhode Island by a foot.

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Install Faucet Aerators

Faucets account for 15 percent of indoor water use and typically flow at twice the rate they should. Installing aerators in kitchen and bathroom sinks fixes this problem for only a dollar or two per sink.

Your one-year effect: 1,000 gallons of water saved.

The effect if every household in the U.S. did it for one year: Equal to the 10-day water supply for New York City.

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As you can see there are some little things that can have an impact in both the environment and your pocket. If you use just the water you really need you’ll be helping the environment and saving some money. It’s a win win situation.

Sources: Real Simple