Save Water, Save Money

Posted Wednesday, November 07, 2012

According to studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill.

By making just a few simple changes to use water more efficiently, you could save about $170 per year. If all U.S. households installed water-efficient appliances, the country would save more than three trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion dollars per year! Also, when we use water more efficiently, we reduce the need for costly water supply infrastructure investments and new wastewater treatment facilities.

Save Water, Save Energy

It takes a considerable amount of energy to deliver and treat the water you use everyday. American public water supply and treatment facilities consume about 56 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year—enough electricity to power more than five million homes for an entire year. For example, letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours.

By reducing household water use you can not only help reduce the energy required to supply and treat public water supplies but also can help address climate change.

In fact:

  • If one out of every 100 American homes retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, we could save about 100 million kWh of electricity per year—avoiding 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That is equivalent to removing nearly 15,000 automobiles from the road for one year!

  • If one percent of American homes replaced their older, inefficient toilets with ultra-efficient models, the country would save more than 38 million kWh of electricity—enough to supply more than 43,000 households electricity for one month.

SOURCE: EPA WaterSense Program

Skagit PUD is a WaterSense Partner. WaterSense is a national program that offers people a simple way to make product choices that use less water—and perform as well or better than your existing products.

Accordingto studies by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill. By making just a few simple changes to use water more efficiently, you could save about $170 per year. If all U.S. households installed water-efficient appliances, the country would save more than three trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion dollars per year! Also, when we use water more efficiently, we reduce the need for costly water supply infrastructure investments and new wastewater treatment facilities. 
Save Water, 
Save Energy
It takes a considerable amount of energy to deliver and treat the water you use everyday. American public water supply and treatment facilities consume about 56 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year—enough electricity to power more than five million homes for an entire year. For example, letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours.
By reducing household water use you can not only help reduce the energy required to supply and treat public water supplies but also can help address climate change. 
In fact:
If one out of every 100 American homes retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, we could save about 100 million kWh of electricity per year—avoiding 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That is equivalent to removing nearly 15,000 automobiles from the road for one year!
If one percent of American homes replaced their older, inefficient toilets with ultra-efficient models, the country would save more than 38 million kWh of electricity—enough to supply more than 43,000 households electricity for one month.
SOURCE: EPA WaterSense Program
Skagit PUD is a WaterSense Partner. WaterSense is a national program that offers people a simple way to make product choices that use less water—and perform 
as well or better than your existing produc