City Of Greeley
 

Save Water, Save Energy


It takes a considerable amount of energy to deliver and treat the water you use everyday. American public water supply and treatment facilities consume about 56 billion kilowatt-hours per year—enough electricity to power more than 5 million homes for an entire year. For example, letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours. Due to the energy it takes water utilities to deliver water, plumbing fixtures can save energy on a global scale. If 1% of American homes retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, we could avoid 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That is equivalent to removing nearly 15,000 automobiles from the road for one year. If 1% of American homes replaced their older, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models, the country would save enough to supply more than 43,000 household’s electricity for one month.

Did you know that conserving water can reduce energy costs? Conserving water inside the home help save energy, the environment, and money! Make some of these simple water efficiency changes in your home and make a pledge to save water.

Here are some easy tips to help save water and energy:

  1. Only run full loads in the dishwasher and washing machine. When appropriate use shortened wash cycles.

  2. Don't be afraid of new low-flow showerheads. They maintain high water pressure and have improved over the years. Choose a low-volume model that uses 2 gallons or less per minute.

  3. Save by reducing your shower time by a minute or two. You can also save water by turning off the shower when soaping up and then turn it back on to rinse off.

  4. Fix leaky faucets, a hot water leak wastes both water and energy. Tightly turn off faucets to stop unnecessary drips.

  5. Add aerators to all household sinks. They increase water pressure and help you use less water. Purchase one that uses 1.5 gallons per minute or less.

  6. Look for the WaterSense Label when replacing or buying a new appliance or fixture for the household. The WaterSense Label means that a product performs as well or better than their less efficient counterparts and are 20% more water efficient than average products in that category.

  7. Replace old appliances with water and energy saving models. Homes with high-efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances save about 30 percent of indoor water use and yield substantial savings on water, sewer, and energy bills. Rebates are available from both water and energy on new fixtures that use less water and energy. Visit www.greeleygov.com/rebates and www.excessisout.com/atmosenergy/how_we_can_help/reduce_and_rebate for more information.

  8. Turn down the temperature on your water heater to 120-130 degrees F. This will help you cut energy costs without sacrificing comfort.

  9. Wash clothes in cold water. Some detergents are specially formulated to work with cold water. If you do wash in warm water, remember to rinse using cold water. Except for all-white loads, there is little benefit to washing with hot water.

  10. Don't rinse your dishes with running water. Soak pots, pans and dishes instead of letting the water run over them while you scrape.