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Much like at your own home, water efficiency should also be a priority at your place of business. Here are a number of ways to increase water efficiency and save. Explore more specific categories and ways to save under Water.

1. Be Water Conscious - Just as you save energy by turning off your lights, switching off the power strip, you should be just as conscious about conserving water. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving, conserve water when hand washing dishes, don't use hot water to defrost food, and take shorter showers.  Try programming these tasks into your daily routine.

2. Save Water For Another Use - Keep a pitcher on hand near the sink to catch extra water for another use. While waiting for the water to get hot or cold, put the pitcher under the faucet. Use that water for your plants, to wash fruit and vegetables, or for cleaning. It may seem excessive, but in reality, every drop counts.

3. Stop and Fix Leaks - Whether it is a faucet or a toilet, take action today to stop the leak. Sometimes it is as simple as tightening a knob with a wrench, other times you may need to bring in a professional. A toilet that is running constantly could be leaking up to 200 gallons a day! A toilet could also be leaking slowly, so much so that you don't notice it. To check your toilet for leaks, utilize a simple dye test, and install a new flapper if you find a leak. Not only will you save water by fixing your leaks, but you'll also be saving money on your water bill.

4. Install Low-Flow Fixtures - Low-flow faucet aerators are reasonably priced and can affect huge water savings. Look for WaterSense labeled products that use 20% or more less water than other fixtures.

5. Trade Out Your Toilet - Since toilets are responsible for 27% of indoor water use, it's worth looking into replacing yours. Newer and more water efficient toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush or less. 

6. Replace Your Appliances - You may or may not have any appliances in your office, but if you do choose dishwashers and clothes washers that are Energy Star labeled, which also means reduced energy use. Also, be sure to read your appliance manuals thoroughly to understand the various settings, and energy saving cycles to efficiently wash your dishes or clothes. Also be sure to wash only full load

7. Install an On Demand Hot Water Heater - Hot water is not a huge priority in most offices and usually it's only used for sinks.  On demand hot water heaters are perfect in offices because you never waste energy heating hot water that is rarely use.  You can save 24-34% energy compared to traditional hot water heaters.

8. Irrigate Efficiently - If you have a lawn at your office, make sure your irrigation system is working efficiencly. Perform a sprinkler audit or have a professional landscaper check your system. Consider changing your landscaping to a Waterwise or Xeriscaped landscape to reduce water use and maintenance.

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