Is water conservation a priority in your home? If not, it should be! According to WaterSense, an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Partnership Program, more than 1 trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes annually. Each year during “Fix a Leak Week,” March 18 – 24, Americans are encouraged to focus on water conservation by checking their plumbing fixtures and irrigation systems. These simple measures can save a family an average of 11,000 gallons of water per year, which is roughly the equivalent of 270 loads of laundry.
Water conservation not only saves you money, but it also saves energy, the environment and wildlife. Still think water conservation is trivial? The EPA explains that “letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 22 hours.” Using water more efficiently can be as easy as adjusting your sprinklers so that only your lawn is watered – not the house, driveway or road. Turning the faucet off while brushing your teeth or soaping-up dishes will also make a significant difference in your utility bill.
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! 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!
Here are 3 more ways to make water conservation a priority:
- Switch to high-efficiency products. WaterSense labled products meet the EPA’s specifications for water efficiency and performance.
- Only run your dishwasher and clothes washer when they are full.
- Shorten your shower by a minute or two and you’ll save up to 150 gallons per month.
Let these suggestions inspire your own water conservation ideas, and celebrate “Fix a Leak Week” by testing your WaterSense with the EPA’s interactive online quiz!
To find more lessons and audits about water and other sustainability topics, be sure to visit GEF’s Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse. It’s free!