I am sure every parent has said it more than they can possibly remember… “Don’t waste the water!” It is an important habit to instil in your children. But not wasting water is something that even we adults need to be aware of beyond limiting shower time and shutting off the faucet while brushing our teeth. Water has a lot more connection to our lives than most of us realize.
Where The Water Goes Indoors
In the United States, the average family of 4 will use over 400 gallons of water each day. 70% of that water is used indoors. Things like drinking, cooking, cleaning and hygiene combine for the bulk of this water use. But you may not know that leaks account for more than 13% of the water used in indoor environments. This according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program.
It is important to pay attention to your water bills. A toilet that doesn’t shut off properly and even very small leaks can result in a noticeable increase in water use. So if you see an unexpected increase in your water bill, make sure to inspect all elements of your home’s water system.
Connecting Water To Energy Creation
Many things in our lives have hidden or lesser known connections to water. One of the biggest is energy. The first thing we think of is the energy to heat water for use in our homes and buildings, but the connection between energy and water stretches far beyond. More than creating energy through hydroelectric generators, water is a major factor in most forms of electricity creation. Water is also used throughout the petroleum and natural gas industries. This means the more of these energy sources that are needed, increases the amount of water needed.
The connections between water and energy generation are quite extensive. According to this report from the Union for Concerned Scientists, water plays many roles when it comes to electricity, including:
- Electricity Generation
- Fuel Extraction and Production
- Refining and Processing
- Emissions Control
By tracing the steps of energy generation, it becomes apparent that there are many more ways to reduce water consumption. Driving less, using energy efficient appliances and turning down the thermostat, can all reduce the impact on the water supply.
To learn more about how you can conserve water and energy, login to your HomeNav dashboard and navigate to the ‘Efficiencies In Your Home’ section. There you will find information on reducing your water consumption and other energy saving resources. If you are not yet a member of HomeNav, you can sign up completely free here!