Green Education Foundation, American Standard and our partners at WaterSense have teamed up to get the word out about the importance of fixing simple leaks! Did you know that the average household’s leaks account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year? That’s enough water to do 10 months’ worth of laundry. Testing for leaks only takes a few minutes but can make an enormous difference in preserving water, a delicate and valuable natural resource. Plus, leaks are very simple to fix, requiring little equipment, time, or money.
We’ve created a helpful webpage with stats, facts, k-12 educational materials, tips to check for leaks, and smart ways to upgrade your bathroom while making it more water and energy efficient. Check it out this week and get your classroom or community involved! To find more lessons and audits about water and other sustainability topics, be sure to visit GEF’s Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse. It’s free!
Fix a Leak week is an annual event hosted by the WaterSense program and their partners. WaterSense is a program of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that 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. The WaterSense Label identifies products and services that have been certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient without sacrificing performance. The EPA suggests that “if one in every 10 American homes upgrades a full bathroom with WaterSense labeled fixtures, we could save about74 billion gallons of water and about $1.6 billion on our utility bills nationwide per year.”
If you’re considering replacing any fixture in your home, be sure to ask for those certified with the WaterSense label. Not only will you be preserving our valuable resources, you’ll save money on your utility bills! The EPA WaterSense Label website has a thorough database of information, approved products, and services to help meet your needs.
Join the twitter meet up today from 2-3 EST using the hashtag #fixaleak to share tips for saving water and fixing leaks!Post by Molly Hislop, Director of Programs and Marketing at GEF