Many of us think that we’re savvy when it comes to saving energy, but there’s more to it than just turning off the lights. For instance…
- On average, the annual energy used to deliver and treat water for only 10 households could power a refrigerator for more than two years.
- Heating water for showering, bathing, shaving, cooking, and cleaning also requires a considerable amount of energy. Homes with electric water heaters, for example, spend one-fourth of their total electric bills just to heat water.
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Being mindful of water use goes a long way in conservation. Simple things like taking shorter showers, or turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth or washing dishes, can save a lot of water.
Another way to conserve is to install water-efficient toilets, clothes washers, showerheads, and faucets.
The WaterSense label guides consumers in choosing the most water-efficient appliances, much like the Energy Star label has guided consumers in making the most energy-efficient choices.
There are thousands of models of WaterSense-labeled plumbing products to choose from and all WaterSense-labeled products are tested and independently certified to ensure they meet EPA’s criteria for both efficiency and performance.
For more information on WaterSense products, visit www.epa.gov/watersense
Showering is also one of the leading ways Americans use water in the home, accounting for nearly 17 percent of indoor water use.