Severe droughts, climate change, aging water infrastructure and high-energy prices across the country are encouraging people to find new ways to conserve resources and save money.
But, can reducing water help you save energy? Water use and energy use are linked, and often referred to as the water-energy nexus. For example: every time that you heat water, electricity or gas is used. If you leave water running in a faucet for 5 minutes, it will consume as much electricity as a 60-watt light bulb left on for 14 hours.
Energy also purifies and helps to deliver water to your facility or house, and electricity also treats sewage water. So, conserving water also inherently conserves energy.
In fact, if one out of every 100 homes retrofitted to water efficient-fixtures, it would save about 100 million kWh of electricity per year, eliminating the green gas emissions equivalent of 15,000 automobiles from the road one year.
Water efficient technologies are one of the simplest ways to save both water and energy. Here is an outline of the 5 most common low water saving technologies:
Waterfree Urinals: Well, it shouldn’t be surprised that every time you flush a traditional urinal, you are flushing cash, energy and water down the drain! Waterfree urinals allow the waste to drain naturally, without the use of water.
The new Hybrid, functions as a waterfree technology in daily use and automatically performs a full gallon (4 liter) flush through the housing and pipe system every 72 hours, guaranteeing water savings and maximum performance.
Faucets: You can either change inefficient faucets for a flow rate of no more than 1.5 gpm or add an aerator or flow restrictor.
High Efficiency Toilets: If your toilet uses more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush, you can change for;
- Ultra-Low-Flush Toilet models
- Dual-flush toilets, gives you the option of a lower-flush bottom for liquid waste and a higher-flush bottom for solid waste.
- Composting toilet, which uses basically no water for flushing.
Showerheads: You can save as much as 70 percent of water use by switching to an ultra-low-showerhead, since showering represents more than 20 percent of the average household’s indoor water use.
In California, officials have been offering water rebates through the SoCal Water$mart Program. If you are a commercial business owner, Falcon Waterfree Technologies offers free rebate processing to upgrade your restrooms to water efficient fixtures.