Shower better to save water and energy
Published on October 01, 2021
October is both EPA WaterSense Shower Better Month and National Energy Awareness Month. Saving water, energy and money on utility bills is easy to do at home.
Bathrooms are the largest use of water inside the home, using more than 50% of all indoor water. Heating water is typically the second largest use of energy in homes. Five to 10% of homes have easy-to-fix leaks that drip away 90 gallons a day or more.
Here are some easy ways to a more water- and energy-efficient home:
- WaterSense-labeled faucets — or aerators installed on existing bathroom faucets — are about 30% more efficient than standard faucets while still providing sufficient flow and saving 700 gallons of water per year.
- Retrofitting your shower with a WaterSense-labeled showerhead can save up to 2,700 more gallons a year.
- Since these water savings reduce demands on water heaters, they also save energy. In fact, the average family could save more than 330 kW hours of electricity annually, enough to power a house for 11 days.
- Add to those water and energy savings by purchasing Energy Star- labeled water-using appliances (dishwashers and washing machines).
- Finally, the average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year. Find and fix leaks quickly and easily using the online Leak Detection Checklist.
Learn more about Fort Worth Water Conservation programs and strategies to save water and money.
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