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Climate for Action: Conserve Energy Through Water Conservation

2009 July 7

The average family in the United States uses 400 gallons of water every day. We use it to cook, clean, drink, garden and for many other indoor and outdoor activities. Water is definitely an important resource to us all and is essential to our everyday lives. Unfortunately, to get this water to our homes it takes a lot of energy. Two to three percent of the world’s energy consumption is used to treat and pump water to our homes. And, the percent of energy that we need to treat and pump our water changes from region to region depending on how much the region consumes. In California, for example, about 20 percent of the state’s energy is used to treat and pump its water. Therefore, in order to conserve energy, it is important to conserve our water use within our homes. The EPA estimates that by practicing water conserving techniques, you can reduce your water use by 20–30 percent. By reducing your water use, you will be able to reduce your homes energy use and also be able to save some money and reduce your carbon footprint. And, it’s very simple to reduce your water use!!! Some simple things that you can do include:

  • Listen for dripping faucets and running toilets. Fixing a leak can save 300 gallons a month or more.
  • Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and save 25 gallons a month.
  • Run your clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full. You can save up to 1,000 gallons a month.
  • Find out more ways you can conserve water

Can you think of other things we can all do to conserve water? Be sure to let us know so we can all save energy by practicing water conservation.

About the author: Michelle Gugger graduated from Rutgers University in 2008. She is currently spending a year of service at EPA’s Region 3 Office in Philadelphia, PA as an AmeriCorps VISTA.

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23 Responses leave one →
  1. watercooler permalink
    July 8, 2009

    I like bottled water actually

  2. Amrita permalink
    July 8, 2009

    Hi !

    Energy conservation has become an increased priority around the world because of depleting energy sources. Conserving energy is not just an environmental issue as it can also save you serious money.
    There are many good reasons to practice water conservation. Conserving water will help the environment, it will preserve our precious supply of drinking water, it saves energy required to transport, store and heat the water and it will save money on your water bill.

    With Regards

  3. Enrique Pariona permalink
    July 8, 2009

    HOLA! mi comentario es que por ejemplo en mi pais (Peru) falta mucho de concientizacion , ala gente le importa que el agua se vaya, y necesitamos tambien de programas como para llamar mucho la atencion y asi lograr que la poblacion observe a su entorno yse preocupe,vivo en una pequeña ciudad llamada JAUJA en los Andes centrales del Peru a 3311 s.n m. y tenemos aun agua limpia y tambien agua contaminada por la explotacion minera, que esto es mucho por de lo que se va por los caños malogrados,si bien, una de vuestras socias (Allyson Eliza ugarte) conoce bien nuestra realidad ademas quicieramos ella nos contacte, gracias y muchos saludos.

  4. Adam permalink
    July 9, 2009

    We actually implemented a number of those solutions at home and have noticed a significant saving on our water bill!


  5. Johnny R. permalink
    July 9, 2009

    Whatever methods of water conservation are applied, they will be overwhelmed by the demands of a growing population. To reduce consumption of water we must reduce the huiman population through peaceful family planning. Otherwise, the growing pollution will poison everything.

  6. BeWaterWise Rep permalink
    July 9, 2009

    Yes, few realize that energy and water are so closely linked, it is true that a lot of energy is consumed pumping water till it reaches our homes. It is also true that there is currently a water shortage in many parts of the world including Southern California. It is time we did a serious re-think on the way we consume water.
    If you are environmentally conscious and would like to reduce your water consumption, take a look at which has a lot of good tips on how to save water at home, in the garden, in the office or school. Visit this link
    And do spread the word on water conservation, around.

  7. Michelle permalink
    July 14, 2009

    I think this is a really important issue too – thanks Amrita

  8. Michelle permalink
    July 14, 2009

    Awesome – it is hard to believe that simple things like saving water by turning off the faucet while we’re brushing your teeth makes a difference – but it can save a lot.

  9. Michelle permalink
    July 14, 2009

    This is a great site for information, thanks!

  10. Anonymous permalink
    July 15, 2009

    Actually, bottled water is not as ecofriendly as one would think. It requires energy to make the bottles and bottle the water. Usually, the bottle is then disposed of maybe after a couple times of reuse. On the other hand, tap water is monitored more regularly than bottled water, so why not consume less plastic and drink tap water?

  11. watercooler permalink
    August 11, 2009

    Well thats a good point – but what about the big bottles that are dropped off at work they for fill lots of people and are reused again and again


  12. John Graves permalink
    August 13, 2009

    Another way to conserve is to demand that the large water user’s you frequent and patronize have in place appropriate conservation techniques. I like to golf, but I won’t golf where they practice wasteful watering techniques. I only golf at courses that utilize appropriate conservation techniques, recycling, gray watering, or technologies like SmartWater.

  13. Anonymous permalink
    September 10, 2009

    well you see it takes alot of energy to make one of those what about a billoin and billions of bottles

  14. Fred Gallagher permalink
    November 8, 2009

    You know like everything in life its the little things we do that make the difference

    Like building a magnet generator

  15. John Patterson permalink
    January 14, 2010

    It is amazing how much we waste as consumers. As we should all know that it is the little things that make all the difference. By switching our habits, we could conserve so much and better protect our own resources.

    Visit this link Saving Residential Solar Power to find more ways to conserve in our own home.

  16. Daniel Son permalink
    July 8, 2010

    driving through palm springs you see plenty of fresh water wasted in the form of sprinkler water attempting to beautify the town. we need to conserve for future generations. especially in southern california because there is NO water there.

    best wishes,
    Daniel Son

  17. NYC AC duct cleaning permalink
    July 31, 2010

    I’ve been seeing some really great water conservation efforts in NYC. A whole block of people are catching condensation for their air conditioners and using that water to water lawns, wash cars, bathe dogs, etc. People are really getting in to energy conservation.
    The thing that irritates me is that it took this long. People in Africa have been conserving water for centuries. These people have less scientific data than anyone on water and yet they are the most advanced in conservation efforts.

  18. 55 gallon water barrel permalink
    August 6, 2010

    Great article. I’m getting to it a little late, but a lot of good information found here.

    People can also use rain or water barrels to collect water run-off from the roof. This water can then be used for landscape purposes or during times of water emergency (natural disasters, drought, etc.).

    People can get at many different locations on the web.

  19. Stom permalink
    April 24, 2011

    You most definitely have made this blog into something thats eye opening and important. You clearly know so much about the subject, youve covered so many bases. Great stuff from this part of the internet.

  20. D.B. Lloyd permalink
    August 20, 2011

    No mention of the mass amounts of watering by golf courses, although many use reclaimed water which does help in water conservation. Even an avid golfer understands there needs to be a balance in water conservation by golf courses.

    D.B. Lloyd

  21. Carpet Cleaning Miami Fl permalink
    December 7, 2011

    Conserve energy through water conversation, awesome article, thank you for sharing with us, and this is very unique article, we love to read more from you.

  22. June 7, 2012

    Saving energy should be the prime concern of everyone for sure. All must be aware of importance of natural resources in our lives, especially water. So, some determined steps must be taken to preserve water and try to avoid its wastage.

  23. Carpet Cleaning Lawrence Kansas permalink
    December 31, 2013

    Making sure that if you are having your carpets cleaned that the company you choose uses the least amount of water possible, while at the same time gets the job done. Carpet cleaning companies can use a variety of methods, hot water extraction being the most common. If the equipment is not set up correctly it can result in excess water use.

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