Waterwise Wednesday: Save Water, Save Energy

Save water and save the energy required to pump, process, heat, transport, and treat it. Friday, January 10 is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day designed to help reduce the impact of energy expenditures, both financially and environmentally.

– Lower the temperature on your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce the energy required to heat water.

– Turn the ice maker in your freezer off to reduce freezer energy usage by about 20%.

– Check and fix leaks in toilets, faucets, and other appliances that use water.

– Upgrade to Water Sense and Energy Star appliances that use water and energy more efficiently.

Waterwise Wednesday: Wasted Energy Equals Wasted Water

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The average US person’s water footprint for power production in the US averages to 39 gallons per person per day on according to WaterFootprint.org. And nearly 25% of all residential power consumed stems from idle appliances and devices.

Save water and energy:

– Unplug phone chargers, laptop charges, and game consoles when not in use.

– Shut down computers at the end of the day

– Flip off power strips when done with the devices

– Use power strips or smart strips to cluster multiple devices onto one switch. (e.g., computer, printer, and router or TV and video game console)

– Unplug the coffee maker, washer, dryer, or microwave if not using. Digital displays require a constant draw of power.