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Ten Simple Ways to Save Water at Home
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Water is one of the most important, if not the most important, resource that humans use. Here in Colorado the climate varies greatly by location and time of year, and at times water might be scarce. Conserving water at home not only helps save this precious resource, but also helps Colorado consumers save money. Here are 10 simple ways to save water and your wallet.

1. Fix leaky faucets, toilets, appliances and sprinklers. Leaks vary in amount, but they can account for a lot of wasted water over time.

2. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this simple act may save more than 200 gallons of water in a single month.

3. Use less water when doing laundry. Your washing machine can swallow gallons of water, so make sure you use it wisely. Wait until you have enough clothing for a full load of laundry before starting the washer. If you need to wash a small load separately, adjust the water level on your machine accordingly.

4.Take a shower instead of a bath, and take shorter showers. As reported by the EPA, if you shower for five minutes or less you will use about 10 to 15 gallons of water. Compare that number with baths, which use up to 70 gallons of water. If you do take a bath, try reusing some of the water in your garden.

5.Fill a bottle with water and sand and put it in the toilet tank. This displaces the water and makes the toilet use less water with each flush.

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