Recently the EPA contacted us and asked if we would share their “Shower Better” campaign.
Saving water is something that we believe in. Saving water has a direct effect on the environment and secondary effects as well. Where we live, it is rare to have droughts, but a lot of energy is used to pump water to us and to treat and clean the water after we’re done with it. As much as people would like to believe that water is an infinite resource, it just isn’t. We’ve become friends recently with the Director of our local water authority and it is fascinating to learn of the inner workings of water treatment. Here in Boston they’re working hard to become energy independent, but that’s a long way off. In the meantime, when we use water, it’s not just water, but also the associated green house gas emissions that impact our planet.
The EPA shared with us that replacing an inefficient showerhead with a new, WaterSense labeled model will save enough electricity to power a 60-watt light bulb for eight hours, with every shower.
Here are a few more savings from changing to a WaterSense showerhead you may appreciate as well:
- saving 2,900 gallons of water per year for the average family
- saving enough electricity to power the average family’s home for 13 days
- and reduce their annual water and energy costs by more than $70
Nationwide, if every home installed WaterSense showheads we’d save:
- 260 billion gallons of water per year
- saving $2.2 billion on our water utility bills per year
- And avoiding $2.6 billion in water heating energy costs
Intrigued? Learn more about saving water in the shower and WaterSense showerheads and rebates on the EPA Greenversations Blog.
Jonathan has step by step directions for changing the showerhead yourself on our blog.
For other ways to save water, check out our posts:
- Take 5 Minute Showers
- Saving Water With A New Toilet
- Lush Green Lawns are Not Natural
- Save Water, Time and Money: Train Your Hair To Need Less Washing
and my favorite:
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