Often misunderstood, but a vital part of an energy conservation effort.
Water is abundant and cheap! Do you even know how much you pay for water in your home? What about the effect of your water use on the environment? Doesn’t it basically just find it’s way back into the earth?
Tap water is relatively cheap when compared to other liquids, but the cost is not just the amount on your water bill. Typically, you’ll find the average water/sewer bill runs at about .0089 cents per gallon. Pretty cheap! But how much energy does it take to get that water to your home… energy to build infrastructure, clean the water at the treatment plant, pump it through and maintain the water lines in your town? It ultimately costs much more than .0089 cents per gallon. About 8% of US energy demand is used to treat, pump and heat water!
One of the simplest, most cost effective way to begin an energy savings program, is to look at the water use in your home!
Simple changes, like installing low flow shower heads and faucet aerators can provide an instant water savings, and an incredible energy savings as well.
The energy policy act of 1992 set standards for many home and public water using devices. Previously, unregulated in terms of gallon per minute flow, the EPAct of 92 set maximum limits of 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm) for shower heads and 2.2 gpm for faucet aerators (.5 gpm for public restroom aerators).
Even if you are using these "low flow" post 1992 products, you can now reduce the flow even more…often with an improvement in your comfort due to better manufacturing design.