Turn Off the Faucet While Brushing Your Teeth

Not only does it help the environment, it reduces your water bill. Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for about two minutes at least twice a day. According to an EPA WaterSense initiative, the average bathroom sink faucet flows at a rate of two gallons a minute. If you left the water running while brushing your teeth (at morning and at night), that would average 8 gallons of water per day, or 2,920 gallons per year (11,680 gallons for a family of four). If everyone in the U.S. turned off their faucets while brushing their teeth, it would amount to four times the Mississippi River’s annual flow of water (http://www.realsimple.com/home-organizing/green-living/things-save-water-10000001717653/index.html). Per person, the annual monetary savings aren’t huge, but can add up if you make a lifelong habit out of it. And it’s an easy change that will benefit the environment!

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