GreenTip: Save water, energy in your apartment

Even if you live in an apartment, there are steps you can take to cut down on water and energy use. Here are a few from the city of Richland’s Environmental Education Office.

-- Check toilets for leaks by dropping food coloring in the tank. If color appears, there is a leak. Report it to the office.

-- Install a water displacement device, such as a plastic bottle filled with water or sand, in the toilet tank to reduce water used per flush. Each flush uses about six gallons of water.

-- Report faucet and pipe leaks. A small drip from an old washer can waste 20 or more gallons per day.

-- Close blinds and other window coverings during the heat of the day to help keep the inside cooler.

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Questions? Comments? Got your own tip to share? Contact Ingrid Stegemoeller: 582-1537;