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Wena Tina Does Not Like Dryers

The “Saving Electricity” website reports that the average dryer uses 3.3 kilowatt hours of energy and estimates an average of 11 cents per kilowatt hour. A small load of clothes takes about 45 minutes in the dryer, so the cost of that load is $0.36.

Some dryers are electric and others run on gas, but electric dryers notoriously consume more energy than gas dryers do. Overall, dryers in the U.S. emit 32 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and use 43 billion kilowatt hours and 443 million therms of natural gas.

Skip the wash before the wash

According to Consumer Reports, pre-rinsing your dishes does not necessarily improve a dishwasher's ability to clean them. By skipping the wash before the wash, you can save up to 20 gallons of water per dish load.  At one load a day, that's 7,300 gallons over the course of a year.  Not to mention that you're saving time, dishwashing soap, and the energy used to heat the additional water.

Canines for Clean Water Contest Is Open

As an Education Provider for the Coastal Waccamaw Stormwater Education Consortium (CWSEC), the Riverkeeper would like to share news that the CWSEC's 1st annual Canines for Clean Water contest has begun! The goal of this spokesdog contest, coordinated by Coastal Carolina University students, is to find a “poo-llution solution” and increase awareness about water quality and the importance of cleaning up after pets. The winning dog will become the face of CWSEC's 2016 pet waste outreach efforts.

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