27 Oct '11, 2pm

Fact o' the Day: Long showers are costing your family $103.25 every month! Fix this + 7 others to save $290

Fact o' the Day: Long showers are costing your family $103.25 every month! Fix this + 7 others to save $290

Many of us are on pretty tight budgets these days. So, you cut back on eating out, ditch the trips to the movie theater and refrain from buying those shiny new shoes. But the best way to save money and cut back on waste is right in your own home. This month, try using these eight simple steps to cut back on household water and energy use – and save $290 in the process! 1. Take shorter showers Savings: $103.25 for a family of four Depending on your showerhead, you use 10 to 25 gallons of water for every five minutes you spend in the shower, meaning you could save up to 5 gallons for every minute you shave off, according to the EPA. While water itself is pretty inexpensive (averages range between $1.50 and $5 for every 1,000 gallons), heating water can get pretty pricey. Assuming you aren’t taking a cold shower in the morning, every 10 minutes can cost as much as 50 cents fo...

Full article: http://earth911.com/news/2011/10/27/8-quick-ways-to-save-...

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