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Water Has a Footprint Too: 4 Ways You Can Save the Planet and Your Energy Bill
Posted By Ginny Figlar Colón On March 30, 2010 @ 12:34 pm In Green Living | No Comments
Perhaps it’s because I spent 10 years in Colorado, where the dry climate means every drop of water really counts, but I always conserved water just to conserve water . It recently occurred to me that water conservation is about saving energy too.
My newfound awareness comes thanks to our new low-flow bathroom faucet. The product information on the 1.5 gpm tap touted it as water- and energy-saving, reducing water use by 30 percent. And that’s when it hit me … 30 percent less warm water coming through my tap means my hot water heater works 30 percent less!
As exciting as this revelation was, I knew that I probably would not be making a huge impact with a bathroom faucet that my husband and I only use twice a day.
A little more digging revealed that water use — cold or hot — has a bigger carbon footprint than I realized. That’s because treating and delivering the water we use every day requires a lot of energy. According to the EPA, “Letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours.”
What’s more, if one out of every 100 American homes switched to water-efficient fixtures, the EPA says we could save about 100 million kWh of electricity per year — avoiding 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, or the equivalent of taking 15,000 automobiles off the road for one year.
If a bathroom or kitchen remodel complete with water-saving appliances and faucets is not in your immediate future, here are a few simple ways to save water  — and energy:
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 conserve water: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Water-Conservation-Tips-Toilet-Lid-Sink-FAQ.html
 few simple ways to save water: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/10SimpleWaystoConserveWater.html
 Collect rainwater: http://www.gaiam.com/product/rain+barrel+and+diverter.do?SID=WG107SPRTAPEMACS
 save water outdoors: http://life.gaiam.com/gaiam/p/Water-Wisdom-10-Simple-Ways-to-Save-Water.html
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