November 22, 2012
The Green Minute: Reduce Water Today – Buy A Showerhead
Courtesy of Pat Byington, The Green Register Editor
Today’s Green Minute – Showerheads.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, showering is one of the leading ways we use water in the home, accounting for nearly 17 percent of residential indoor water use, or about 30 gallons per household per day.
Annually, Americans use 1.2 trillion gallons of water just for showering, or enough to supply the water needs of New York and New Jersey for a year! By retrofitting your entire bathroom and home with water efficient showerheads, you can save water and money immediately.
Think about it.
An average family can save 2,900 gallons per year by installing WaterSense labeled showerheads. But you save more than water.
Along with saving water – because less water means less demand on a water heater, a family can save more than 370 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power a house for 13 days. If every home in the United States installed WaterSense labeled showerheads, we could save more than $2.2 billion in water utility bills and more than 260 billion gallons of water annually. In addition, we could avoid about $2.6 billion in energy costs for heating water.
Look for this label.
Whether you are replacing an older, inefficient showerhead or simply looking for ways to reduce water use and utility bills in your home, look for the WaterSense label on showerheads along with faucets, faucet accessories, and toilets to help you identify models that save water and perform well.
These products are very affordable, and they make an enormous difference, saving water, energy and money in your pocketbook.
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