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Water costs more than you think. You pay for it when it comes out of the faucet, of course. But you also pay to heat it and to get rid of it (sewage disposal).
Save energy by:
- Setting water heater temperatures appropriately (120 degrees)
- Replacing a failing 50 gallon water heater with a smaller one. Or go tankless. Or install a solar water heating system.
Save water and improve water quality by:
- Installing low-flow fixtures, including low-flow showerheads.
- Installing low flush or no flush toilets.
- Fixing leaks (toilets, faucets).
- Washing and drying only full loads of laundry and dishes.
- Letting nature water your lawn and flowers. If you have automatic sprinklers, make sure that they're not running while it's raining. If you don't have automatic sprinklers, use soaker hoses and drip irrigation to efficiently water landscape plantings. Or install rain barrels so you can use rain water.
- Using native plants in your landscaping. Work with your local gardening group, park district, or university extension to identify likely candidates.
- Planting a rain garden to allow rainwater runoff from roofs, driveways, walkways, parking lots, and compacted lawn areas the opportunity to be absorbed by the soil.
Monitor changes in your water bill to calculate savings as you make changes.
Library Rain Garden Case Studies
A Water Conservation Guide for Commercial, Institutional and Industrial Users
Detailed guide to implementing a water conservation program. Some of the technical solutions and cost savings figures are outdated, but most of the information is still relevant.
FedCenter.gov > Water Efficiency
Included in the Water Efficiency Program Area are tools, techniques, and approaches for improving water use efficiency for both potable and non-potable water resources.
GreenScaping for Large-Scale Landscapes
GreenScaping encompasses a set of landscaping practices that can improve the health and appearance of your large-scale landscape while protecting and preserving natural resources.
Guide to water conservation basics includes links to other resources.
Water Efficiency Toolkit
Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and AT&T have developed a set of tools and resources that can help organizations build their own program to reduce water and energy use in buildings—and save money in the process.
Water Savings 101: Top 10 Tips for Commercial Buildings
Identifies ten things that facilities managers can do to save water, many of which are fairly low cost and easy to implement.
WaterSense, a partnership program by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services.
A comprehensive clearinghouse of resources on water conservation, efficiency, and demand management for conservation professionals and the larger water supply community.