Save water with these tips from the Environmental Protection Agency!

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Whether you’re looking for ways to cut down on your water bill, researching where water comes from for educational purposes, or how water conservation is a necessary lifestyle, the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense page is a great way to start! Our water use as a nation has far outpaced our growth and the majority of our states are predicting water shortages by 2013.

Here in Georgia, we’ve been feeling parched for a couple of years now as the drought continues, so water conservation has been at the front

of many of our minds for a while now. Here are a few quick facts from the EPA’s WaterSense program:

  • Instead of spending an average of $500 on water each year (like most U.S. households), you could save almost $170 by replacing older appliances with water efficient ones.
  • If we all used water efficient appliances, then our country would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion a year!
  • Letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours.
  • If one out of every 100 American homes retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, we could save about 100 million kWh of electricity per year—avoiding 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That is equivalent to removing nearly 15,000 automobiles from the road for one year!
  • If 1 percent of American homes replaced their older, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models, the country would save more than 38 million kWh of electricity—enough to supply more than 43,000 households electricity for one month.
  • Water is a natural cleanser and when level are depleted, pollutants can build up in our environment, putting ourselves and our natural resources at risk.

Check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense page here for more information and a kids’ section to start teaching your kids about saving water now!

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