There are two reasons to think about and reduce your water use:
Here are some facts to encourage you to save water, and therefore energy:
The average person uses 800-2000 gallons of water every single day. This figure calculates indirect and direct consumption -- everything from what you drink out of your glass to the water used to produce the food on your plate. On average, 750 kilowatts of electricity are required per person annually to use water. Why do you need electricity to use water? It is used to pump water between the source, the area of usage, the treatment plant and disposal. It is also used in the process of treating the water at the wastewater plant.
4% of US energy usage is used for the treatment and conveyance of water. If you include the heating of water, this number would reach 7-8%.
1 barrel of oil requires up to 22 barrels of water for processing. Energy and fuel extraction, generation and production use large amounts of water. In fact, the greatest consumer of water consumption is thermoelectric power. Water is used in steam generation plants to convert fuel into electricity. In the average Colorado power plant, it takes 1 gallon of water to produce 1 kilowatt hour of electricity.
We're Running Out. Colorado's population is expected to continue to grow at 1.5% annually. By the year 2050, there is a projected 20% gap between current water supplies and expected demand. Even with current water projects on the horizon, there would still be a significant supply-demand gap.
Interested in estimating your water use? Calculate your Water Footprint.
Tips to reduce your water usage:
Fix your leaks. Even a tiny leak can waste many gallons of water and money over time.
Install low-flow shower heads and faucets.
Load up. When you use your dishwasher or clothes washer, fill it to the brim to have a cost-effective, efficient cycle. If you have only a few dirty items, hand wash or select a small cycle.
Don't leave the water running. While brushing your teeth, cleaning, dish washing or any other activity, turn that faucet off when you're not using it. And keep it low when you don't need high pressure. Purchase a faucet aerator or low-flow faucet to really make a difference.
Take smart showers. Three tips: 1) shower, don't bathe, 2) take short showers and 3) install a low-flow shower head.
Practice green thumb, green watering. Use a drip irrigation system instead of a sprinkler. Only water when necessary; no need to flood the lawn! Water in early morning and late afternoons/evenings to avoid evaporation.
Use your purchase power. Look for products with the ENERGY STAR or WaterSense label.
Tips to reduce the energy used to provide hot water:
Use less hot water whenever you can.
Install a timer on your electric hot water heater to keep it off at night or during peak hours.
Insulate your hot water heater.
Is water scalding you when it comes out of the faucet? Turn down the hot water heater!
Use energy saving, cold, or warm cycles on your clothes washer.