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Water: Water Efficiency

EPA Promotes Water Efficiency in the Home

There are many ways to use water efficiently in the home -- detecting and fixing leaky faucets, installing high efficiency clothes washers and toilets, and watering the lawn and garden with the minimum amount of water needed. Fixing a silent toilet leak may save as much as 500 gallons per day. Installing high efficiency plumbing fixtures and appliances can help a typical family of four reduce indoor water use by one-third, save about $95 per year on their water and sewer bill, and cut energy use by as much as six percent.

Since watering the landscape with an automatic irrigation system may likely be the single largest use of water in your home, you can dramatically improve water efficiency by using proper irrigation and scheduling techniques such as cycling the sprinklers. Using these techniques will also reduce your impact on rivers, lakes, and streams by reducing non-point source pollution.

Water Efficiency continues to play an important role not only in protecting water sources and improving water quality, but also in reducing the amount of energy used to treat, pump and heat water -- currently about eight percent of U.S. energy demand. Water heating accounts for 19 percent of home energy use. If 20 percent of U.S. homes used high efficiency clothes washers, national energy savings could be 285 billion BTUs per day – enough to supply the needs of over one million homes. BTU stands for British thermal unit and is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one pound (about a pint) of water one degree Fahrenheit.

Water Saver Home exit EPA
Learn what you can do to reduce water use in your home -- take a virtual tour of this Water Saver Home developed by the California Urban Water Conservation Council in partnership with EPA.

Water Efficiency ORPHAN
EPA’s program to promote the efficient use of water in the municipal, commercial, and institutional sectors.

For more information about Water Quality Issue, visit: http://www.epa.gov/water/ ORPHAN

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