In our homes, getting fresh water is as easy as breathing; we just turn on the taps. But using water isn’t only about emptying and filling a drinking glass, a bath or a cooking pot.
It takes energy to create potable water, to move it, clean it, pump it, store it and to heat hot water. Californians use 20% of household energy just to manage water: “Running the hot water faucet for 5 minutes uses [as much] energy as burning a 60-watt bulb for 14 hours.” (U.S. EPA).
Small actions matter for water conservation. Here's Pipe Spy’s “water action short list”:
- Fix every drip in the house.
- Check that toilet tank water isn’t spilling into the bowl.
- Water your garden and lawn for the minimum time (or plant a dry garden!).
- Use a sink tub of warm water for dish washing/rinsing.
- Use cold water for laundry.
- Install a low-flow shower head.
Call Pipe Spy for more ideas!