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5 New Year’s Resolution Ideas for SPU Customers

The new year is almost upon us, and we know what that means: time to make some new year’s resolutions! Not sure what to put on this year’s list? We can help. Here’s a list of five new year’s resolution ideas for Seattle Public Utilities customers:

New Year's Resolutions for SPU customers1. Pledge to Protect Our Waters

Did you know that most storm drains in Seattle empty directly into the nearest body of water? When it rains, anything we’ve left on the ground— oil drippings, yard chemicals, dog poop—makes its way to local waters like Lake Union and Lake Washington. SPU is offering FREE Chinook Book mobile coupons (a $15 value, while supplies last) to smartphone users who take the pledge to protect water quality. Don’t have a smartphone? A paper coupon is available. Click here to take the pledge.

2. Give Your Food Waste a New Beginning

Food scraps and food-soiled paper are no longer allowed in the garbage. Make sure any food waste you generate ends up in your household’s food and yard waste bin so it can be composted and returned to the earth.  Not sure what can be composted? Click here to find out what’s accepted as food and yard waste.

Composting is a great way to reduce waste ending up in the landfill, but it’s even better to prevent food waste in the first place. In a recent study, Seattle households estimated that about 1/3 of all food scraps they throw out could’ve been avoided. This includes foods that went bad before being eaten and leftovers no one wanted to eat. Click here for tips to prevent food waste.

3. Sign Up for AlertSeattle

AlertSeattle is the official emergency notification system used by the City of Seattle. Sign up now to receive real-time notifications about emergencies, severe weather, safety, health, utility disruptions, and major traffic incidents. You can receive alerts from the City via text message, email, voice message, or social media.

4. Check for and Fix Leaks

Leaky toilets, indoor faucets, and outdoor faucets around your home could cost you up to $200 a year on your utility bill, and waste 10,000 gallons of water. Finding and fixing leaks is an easy way to save money and save water. Click here to learn more about finding and fixing leaks.

5. Follow Seattle Public Utilities on Social Media

Be in the know! Don’t miss out on the latest news, updates, and tips from SPU. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, or check us out on YouTube.