Energy and Water- more connected than we think

November 20, 2013 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

Did you know that when you use water, you’re using electricity as well?  In this area, most of the water that flows from your faucet and fills your toilet  is supplied by city wells.  These wells are maintained and operated by local Utility companies that pump and transport water to your home.  Powering the wells has a cost which is paid by the Utility companies and then passed on to customers through utility bills.

By conserving water we are not only helping ensure a healthy water supply but we are also contributing to energy conservation.  Here are a couple indoor efforts you can take to save water, energy and money.

A first step is to make sure that none of your indoor fixtures are leaking water.  “For example, a leaky toilet can waste about 200 gallons of water everyday.  As little as one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water per year,” says Kristofer Canto, City of Fitchburg Sustainability Intern.  Not only does this add unnecessary costs to your utility bill it is also using energy.  A few places to check for leaks around your home include faucets, shower heads, washers, toilets and irrigation connections.  One way to see if you need to check more thoroughly for leaks is (if possible) look at your water meter when you know none of your water using items are on.  If the dial is turning, water is still being used.

Another step to take is to purchase WaterSense labeled products.  This will help increase the efficiency of your household fixtures.  “Installing a WaterSense labeled aerator for your kitchen or bathroom faucet is one of the most cost effective ways to save water and will increase the faucet’s efficiency by 30 percent,” states  Kristofer Canto, City of Fitchburg Sustainability Intern.  (Generally, aerators can be found for under $10.00 at your local hardware store.)

Installing an efficient toilet can provide equal performance while saving around 20 percent more water.  Look for a WaterSense labeled toilet and it could save another $90 annually on a water utility bill and $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilet (based on a family of four).  And if saving money on your utility bill isn’t enough of an incentive, the City of Fitchburg and the Madison Water Utility are offering Toilet Replacement Rebates!  People can get up to $100 towards their new toilet if they replace older, less efficient toilets with a High Efficiency Toilet (HET) model.  The HET toilets use on average 1.28 gallons of water per flush compared to some of the older models that use around 6 gallons per flush.  That’s a big difference!

For additional details about the City of Fitchburg rebate visit: http://www.fitchburgwi.gov/departments/cityHall/publicWorks/PermitsApplications.php           

For more details on the Madison Water Utility Program rebate visit: https://www.cityofmadison.com/water/inTheHome/toiletRebate.cfm

 

Don’t live in Madison or Fitchburg?  Try contacting your local Utility company to see what types of rebates they may offer.  You never know!

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