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Opt to Act - Simple Action #31: Become water wise in your home

Join REI In making the fight for life outdoors part of your life with The Opt to Act Plan - 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active, and leave the world better than you found it. Full details can be found here.

Week 31: Become water wise in your home through mindful showering and dishwashing. 

The EPA says 3 percent of the nation’s energy is used to pump and treat water for potable use. And heating water for things like showering and dishwashing is typically the second largest use of energy at home. Consider only running your dishwasher when it’s full—that can save nearly 320 gallons of water each year. Reducing your shower time and temperature can save energy, money and conserve water. Another trick: Turn off the water while shaving or shampooing your hair, then turn it back on for rinsing. Investing in a water-efficient showerhead also helps conserve water. Regular showerheads can use 2.5 gallons of water per minute, but water-efficient upgrades can get that down to less than 2 gallons per minute. Some cities offer rebates for switching to more efficient appliances.

Take part: June 28–July 4, 2020

At REI, we believe time outside is fundamental to a life well lived.
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