Reducing water use while traveling

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Saving water while traveling… … on this CurrentCast.

Hotels and motels use a lot of water – but it’s not all within their control. According to Tara O’Hare of the EPA’s WaterSense program, guests are responsible for about thirty percent of a hotel’s total water use.

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To conserve, she suggests travelers take the same steps they do at home: keep their showers short, and turn off the faucet while brushing their teeth.

O’Hare: “Guests can also keep their thermostat at a moderate temperature to reduce the energy and water needed to heat and cool their rooms.”.

Ask at the front desk if the hotel has a towel and linen reuse program. Participating reduces the water used for laundry – and gives a whole new meaning to the term “traveling light.”

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