March 22, 2014, is recognized as World Water Day, a day to focus attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources all over the world. This year, there's a secondary focus on energy sustainability, since both water and energy are absolute necessities in improving worldwide health conditions, education, and food security. Mr. Rooter® Plumbing offers you some household tips on how to simultaneously save money and energy resources through water and electricity conservation. It's important to us. It's important to you. It's important to the rest of the world.
- Wash full loads in cold water and line dry the laundry. If you have to use a dryer, dry several consecutive loads to take advantage of the already warm dryer.
- Insulate the water heater to avoid heat loss in winter. Set the thermostat to 68 degrees Fahrenheit or lower in cool weather; turn the thermostat down when you leave the house or go to sleep. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, turning down the thermostat 10 to 15 degrees lower than usual for eight hours can save you up to 10 percent a year on your heating bills.
- Repair any plumbing leaks. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says a single leaky toilet can waste 200 gallons (757 liters) of water a day.
- Defrost smarter. Set out frozen food to defrost or use the microwave instead of running it under hot water.
- Fix any dripping tap immediately. One drip per second wastes almost 8 gallons (30 liters) of water a day.
- Take shorter showers You'll save water and energy because shorter showers use less hot water - and water heaters account for nearly ¼ of your home's energy use.