Quick Tips to Start Going Green

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Save Money and Water with Every Flush
Did you know that the Walnut Valley Water District offers water-saving toilets at no charge to District consumers? These toilets use a mere 1.3 gallons per flush and can save up to 35 gallons of water per day in one household. 

Be Water Wise!
California’s water situation remains serious, so here’s a few suggestions on how you and your family can help save water and really make a difference!
Indoors - What you can do:
    Turn off the water when you brush your teeth
    Shorten your showers by one or two minutes
    Fix leaky faucets 
    Wash only full loads of laundry
    Talk to your family and friends about saving water. If everyone does a little, we all benefit a lot.
Outdoors - What you can do: 
    Water yard before 8:00 am to reduce evaporation 
    Install a smart sprinkler controller 
    Use a broom to clean off driveways/sidewalks
    Regularly check your sprinkler system for leaks

Considering mulch! You may save hundreds of gallons a year by using organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation. 

Be A Post-Consumer Consumer
Support recycling efforts by buying products made from high percentages of post-consumer waste. 
Buying products with post-consumer content is an easy way to reduce the input into landfills and avoid the use of natural resources like forests. Post-consumer products make use of all of our recycling efforts. We can separate all the metal, paper and plastic we want, but if no business remakes the scrap into something new, the cycle is not broken. 
Many bottles, cans, bags, boxes and packaging materials are made with recycled content these days. So check labels. Choose a product that has a high percentage of post-consumer waste over one that does not

Control Your Temperature
Save a buck by heating your house smart. So what is your favorite household temperature when the weather outside is frightful? Room temperature is somewhere in the range of 70-73 degrees Fahrenheit, but you can surely tolerate a room that is 68 degrees. Keep this fact in mind: for every one degree you turn down the thermostat in the winter, you’ll save up to five percent on your heating costs. Not to mention, reducing the temperature by just two degrees can reduce 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year.

Recycle Your Used Motor Oil 
Recycling used motor oil keeps oil out of landfills and ensures that this oil is available for re-use, reconditioning, reprocessing or re-refining. From a purely environmental point of view, the best thing that the motor oil consumer can do is to buy a longer-lasting oil. In that way, less used oil is generated in the first place. Over 380 million gallons of used oil is recycled each year according to the U.S. EPA, which equates to over 50% of all motor oil purchased annually. Currently, used motor oil can be re-used or recycled one of three ways – reconditioning, reprocessing or re-refining.

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You and your family can make a difference! GO GREEN WITH WALNUT!