by Kimberly Scharl
October is National Energy Action Month, and even though you may not realize it, it takes a lot of energy to provide clean water. Energy is needed to move every gallon of water you use in your home, office, or school from its source to a treatment plant, and through water pipes to your house. The work doesn’t stop there! If you need hot water, it takes energy to warm it up before it hits the tap.
Water may seem like an inexpensive resource, but the more water you use, the more energy you use, too. That’s why it’s so important to conserve water and why we encourage you to “shower better” during the month of October and all-year-round!
Showering is one of the leading ways Americans use water in the home, accounting for nearly 17% of indoor water use. You can shower better by replacing your old showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model that saves water, energy and money while performing as well as a standard model. By replacing just one showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model, EPA estimates the average family can save 2,900 gallons of water, enough electricity to power a home for 13 days, and more than $70 in energy and water costs every year.
October is also Children’s Health Month and a great time to talk to your kids about becoming “green goblins” by conserving water. Check out WaterSense for kids for games and activities to get them in on the water-saving action. You can search for WaterSense-labeled products – including showerheads – and more on EPA’s WaterSense website. Shower better with WaterSense and your water use can be one less thing to be scared of this Halloween!
About the Author: Kimberly Scharl joined EPA in 2010, after moving to the mid-Atlantic region from Mississippi. She is a financial analyst and project officer in the Office of Infrastructure and Assistance, and is the regional liaison for the WaterSense Program. Kim enjoys bowling and spending time with her family.