In the interest of Earth Day, here are some tips that will increase your environmental IQ well into the rest of the year.
1. Turn in your old refrigerator: Your old refrigerator could be costing you up to $200 in unneeded energy use, according the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power website.
2.Replace it with something. Replace it and other household conveniences with an Energy Star-approved appliance: The DWP has offered many rebates in the effort to bring about a greener city, including rebates that will save you some money. Those looking to save green while going green can purchase Energy Star approved air conditioners, refrigerators or washer/dryer pairs.
If you should see a broken sprinkler shooting water into the sidewalk, report it to the Department of Water and Power. It is up to us to report wastes of water that would otherwise go unnoticed by the city. Water waste can be reported by calling 1-800-Dial DWP.
4. Check the water. Make sure your own sprinkler systems are not causing waste by watering the sidewalk. Water your plants during the morning and evening, as much water is wasted during the day due to evaporation. Visit Studio City Hardware and replace your “always-on” hose nozzles with ones that control the flow of water.
4. Man your faucets: Too often we habitually leave the faucet on when we really do not need water. Do not leave the water running while washing your dishes. You also don't need the faucet running while you are soaping your hair, and there is no need to leave it running while you are brushing your teeth.
5. Wash wisely and make it count. f Wait until you have a sizeable load before you run your laundry machine. Refrain from washing a load consisting of just your favorite outfit; washing a week's worth of clothes saves water.l