Everything in moderation…that’s always been a guiding motto in my household, no matter what season it is, but especially so around the holidays. It’s easy to go overboard on eating, shopping, hosting, or any number of activities this time of year, and it can really take a toll on a person. Similarly, moderation is a key component of wise water use, and shouldn’t be something that takes a vacation just because you do.
Wise water use and mindfulness should always remain a part of our everyday lives, and water moderation can still have a place within the holiday context.
Having friends/family over for a party? When you’re cleaning up, don’t forget to run dishwashers and clothes washers only when they are full, and if you have a water-saver cycle, to use it. Of course, filling these appliances up after a shindig may not be a problem as much as how many loads you’re doing.
Speaking of appliances, if you’re looking to make a purchase with all the holiday sales going on, be sure to look for water and energy-efficient models. The USEPA reports that EPA-certified Energy Star washing machines may use 35% less water per load. Look for the USEPA WaterSense label on water-saving devices like showerheads, toilets and faucet aerators to also help cut your water usage.
Before you have guests over for a party, don’t be embarrassed by a leaky toilet. Along with faucets and pipes, be sure to check your toilet for leaks. American Water offers leak detection kits, which are available by clicking here for a downloadable .pdf version. And if you find a leak, have it fixed as soon as possible.
Of course, I can’t leave you this week without sincerely wishing you and yours a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year. Keep moderation in mind and remember that it’s our friends and family that truly make these days special.
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