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<h1>Water and Energy Efficiency</h1>
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Water and Energy Efficiency

In Hot Water with Your Electric Bill? 
Water heating is the second largest energy expense in your home after heating and cooling. It typically accounts for approximately 18% of your utility bill. Investing in more efficient water heaters, dishwashers and washing machines can result in significant savings.

Leaky faucet? According to the EPA, a leak of one drip per second wastes 1,661 gallons of water and can cost up to $35 per year, so make sure to repair any leaks in fixtures like faucets and showerheads to save on your energy bill.

Washing with Cold Water

Washing your Clothes in Cold Water can reduce your hot water usage significantly, while still getting your clothes clean. Ninety percent of energy used to wash clothes comes from heating the water used for your laundry. So washing your clothes in cold water can save you money: save between $50-150 a year, depending on your washing machine. Each household that makes the switch to cold-water washing avoids approximately 1,600 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions a year — a significant reduction without any financial investment.

According to Consumer Reports, you can get clothes cleaner by using cold water instead.

Washers have changed. Even though newer more efficient washing machines use less water, they have been designed to clean clothes better in cooler temperatures to meet the EPA’s new energy guidelines

for efficiency.

Detergent has changed. The composition of laundry detergents has changed to adapt to the new washing machines, and have new enzymes that work to remove dirt and stains in cold water and are actually less effective at higher temperatures.

Clothes last longer. Washing with cold water extends the life of the fabric of your clothes and their color. Washing with hot water can shrink, damage, and fade many of your clothes.

Tips for going green with your laundry:

Washing:

  • Wash in cold water, unless there is an illness, parasite, or pest that needs to be controlled.
  • Wash only full loads — you can save up to 3,400 gallons of water each year, depending on the type of washer
  • Do not over-wash your clothes — use the shortest setting needed
  • Look for detergent in reduced or recycled packaging

Drying:

  • To reduce energy from drying, remove lint every time you use your machine to open up air flow and increase dryer performance.
  • Skip the dryer and air dry your clothes: and pocket about $75-100 dollars a year
  • Switch loads while your dryer is warm to use the remaining heat in your next load
  • Use high speed mode when washing so that there is less moisture when drying
  • Separate light and heavy garments for the most efficient drying times
Shower Better

Money Still Going Down the Drain? You can also shower better in order to save money on water and water heating costs:

Take Shorter Showers
Take 5! The average person can save 1500 gallons of water a year just by taking shorter showers. A five-minute shower creates 2.25 lbs of CO2 and a ten-minute shower 4.5 lbs of CO2. Taking five minute showers for a whole year would save as much CO2 as is sequestered annually by half an acre of U.S. forest.

Replace Your Showerhead (and Place an Aerator in Your Faucet)
Replacing your showerhead with a more efficient Water Sense model, which has been certified to use less water, and installing an aerator on your faucet will decrease your water and energy use and save you money. According to the EPA, running a hot water faucet for 5 minutes uses about the same amount of energy as burning a 60-watt bulb for 14 to 22 hours.