Energy Wasting Water And How to Minimize the Problem
Reducing the demand for water is one of the big environmental challenges and yet until restrictions in supply
hit us, little thought is given on practical steps towards conservation.
Enormous amounts of energy are consumed in obtaining water, storing and treating it and then reticulating it to
When you get it, little thought is given to using it wisely and yet substantial savings can be made just by
taking small steps in how the home operates.
Each plumbed room in the house from the laundry, bathroom and kitchen can see chances to put an end to waste of
this precious resource.
The garden can waste water in dramatic fashion with sprinklers left on for extended periods, and accidental
watering of concrete and gravel during the heat of the day sees water just disappear before your eyes.
Leaking pipes can see 1000 gallons a year gone without being used effectively, so a good starting point would be
to look around the outside for any evidence of this through taps and pipes.
Dripping taps inside the home can be just as bad and simple
to fix. Toilet cisterns that don't have dual flush options should be replaced as these can waste 2-3 gallons
unnecessarily every time they are used.
A five minute power shower uses up to 20 gallons, and a bath more than twice this amount daily. Remember also
that this water has to be heated before being sent down the drain. It is not difficult to see that this room is one
where a different showerhead, properly sealed fittings and some self control can minimize energy demand
The next room that creates the greatest opportunity for waste is the kitchen/utility area.
Efficient clothes and dish washers should be used at the maximized water level according to the size of load you
need to process. Make sure every member of the family realizes that leaving a tap running while washing hands or
teeth is an environmental crime and must not happen.
The same will go for the rinsing of vegetables in the kitchen and pre rinse of pots and pans after cooking. Some
bigger demands on water and energy needed to heat and pump it are items such as fish tanks, spas and swimming
To keep a fish tank aerated uses electricity at the rate of several hundred dollars a year depending on its
size. Spa pools are enormous users of energy and water for heating and refilling on a weekly basis.
A home swimming pool has a large amount of water often for little other than its ornamental value in the garden
landscape. You might want to consider a DIY solar pool
heater to warm up your pool.
You might consider using rainwater collection as a way to mitigate the demand from these activities, but serious
thought should be given to removing them entirely from the household budget.
Rain water is much better used to keep that vegetable garden in production and as for the lawn a brown one in
summer won't need to be mowed!
One of the worst water crimes is using a hose to wash the car. A bucket will suffice and despite the claims of
carwashes that they recycle they are still energy demanding in their extended cycles of rinse, spray, scrub and hot
Do it yourself and save power, exercise and find those small areas of maintenance on your car's exterior at the
If you are not convinced that major savings in water usage can be achieved, install a water meter and watch it
speed up with the garden hose on at full pressure.
Energy wasting of water in the home is one area where you can save dollars and help lessen the chances of
restrictions being a common event in your city.
Would you like to save money by heating your own water with a solar thermal hot water system you built yourself?
You can take great pride in using this method: