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#TMYK: Water-Saving Tips from NBCUniversal Stars

During the summer, we tend to use a lot of water—washing cars, playing in sprinklers, hydrating the lawn. But there are still ways to conserve water, even when the mercury is high.

In these The More You Know videos, NBCUniversal stars share their favorite ways to do so.

TODAY’s Hoda Kotb recommends cutting down on our shower time by listening to music:

Sunny Side Up’s Tim Kubart reminds us to turn off the tap when we’re brushing our teeth:

In addition, here are some more easy ways to save water, via the United Stated Environmental Protection Agency and the National Resources Defense Council:

  • Bathroom: Shower instead of bathing. Showers use on average 10 to 25 gallons of water, while a full bathtub can use up to 70 gallons.
  • Kitchen: If you have the option, use your dishwasher instead of washing by hand, which could use up to 10 times more water. And only wash full loads of dishes in your dishwasher.
  • Yard: Water your grass or garden in the morning when it’s still cool outside; at midday, more of the water will evaporate.
  • Vehicle: Get your car washed professionally as opposed to doing it yourself. This could save up to 100 gallons of water.

Blog Action Day 2010: Water

How NBC Universal is Taking Action

Close to 4000 blogs representing 125 countries and over 28 million readers are participating in Blog Action Day, and we’re proud to be among them. But for us, every day is an action day because we are constantly attempting to reduce our overall environmental impact. Here are just a few ways we’re reducing our water consumption.

At Universal Orlando, we have installed storm water treatment devices covering 80% of our 400 acres so that trash and sediment carried by runoff is retained and managed onsite and not discharged into nearby water sources.

While in Atlanta at the Weather Channel’s HD broadcast facility, a LEED-Gold Certified building, there is an underground pond pumping water out to the surrounding landscape. The pond is used for irrigation purposes only when natural rainfall isn’t available.

In a related area, we have gone a long way toward eliminating the use of plastic water bottles companywide. We are now transitioning to water filtration units instead of purchasing single use plastic water bottles across our facilities. Our TV and film productions are undergoing a similar effort–utilizing reusable water bottles and water filtration units (unless circumstances don’t permit) on set.

We’re all looking forward to our upcoming Green Week, November 14-21, when NBC Universal will be informing and entertaining our audiences on local, global and environmental issues. We’re excited to be showcasing Harmony, a new feature film and television special, in an unprecedented association with HRH The Prince of Wales. Based on his book of the same title, it chronicles Prince Charles’ three decades of work to combat climate change and find innovative solutions to the global environmental crisis.