Fill the dishwasher.
Did you know: Running the dishwasher only when full can save 100 pounds of carbon dioxide and $40 per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Make sure whoever is on dish duty knows that the load shouldn’t be run until it’s full. If you have a newer appliance, skip rinsing before loading—you’ll save even more water.
Switch to cold.
Did you know: Doing the laundry in cold water for one year can save enough energy to drive a car up to 421 miles. There are detergents specifically formulated to work effectively in cold water that provide the same stain-removal and color-protection power as a regular detergent. Make the switch to cold, and start saving energy.
Did you know: You can charge your smartphone for a lifetime with the energy you save by switching to cold washing for one year. When your phone and other devices aren’t in use, unplug ’em! Store chargers in a basket or drawers to reduce clutter around the house. Use a drawer organizer or segmented basket to keep cords coiled and organized.
Bike to work.
Did you know: Switching your commute—even just a few days—from individual car trips to mass transit or biking can save a lot of energy. In fact, you save the same energy by biking to work for up to five days as you would by using cold water for laundry for a whole year. If you live in a city with a bike share program or are close enough to your office to make the commute, try it out!
Turn off the tap.
Did you know: Leaving the tap running while brushing your teeth can waste up to eight gallons of water per day, according to the EPA. A little run of the tap here, a little run of the tap there, can add up to a lot of water loss. Save H2O by stopping the faucet when you’re not wetting or rinsing your brush, rinsing your hands, or washing suds off a dish. Like cold drinking water? Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator at all times so you don’t have to run water from the faucet until it’s cold.