News : Green Tips: Favorite Foods

Jun 3, 2013

This week's Green Tips come from Favorite Foods, a locally oriented food distributor that recently installed the state's largest roof-top solar array.

1. Conduct a water audit. A water audit analyzes a facility's water use and identifies areas where homes and offices can be more efficient. Google the American Water Works Association for tips on finding the best auditors in your area.

2. Upgrade to more efficient appliances and fixtures. Faucets, showers, and toilets can all be made more efficient, saving water and money. The U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable division even offers rebates for efficiency upgrades.

3. Consider native plants and advanced irrigation systems. Planting native and drought-tolerant plants adapted to regional climate can help reduce water waste. Check out the Plant Conservation Alliance to learn what plants are native to your region.

4. Increasing water efficiency is one of the best long-term strategies for cutting costs and lessening your impact on the environment. Be conscious of how much you're using, whether you're washing your hands, or cleaning dishes in the company sink.

5. Place your sprinklers properly. Why waste water that just ends up on the parking lot or sidewalk? Instead, position your sprinklers so they're only hitting where they need to--the grass.

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