EPA WaterSense Program

By Candice Black on 03/16/2009

  • Americans now use an average of 100 gallons of water each day—enough to fill 1,600 drinking glasses! A recent government survey indicated that at least 36 states are anticipating local, regional or statewide water shortages by 2013.
  • If all U.S. households installed water-efficient appliances, the country would save more than 3 trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion dollars per year!
  • Letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours.
  • Efficient water use can also reduce the amount of energy needed to treat wastewater, resulting in less energy demand and, therefore, fewer harmful byproducts from power plants.
  • If just 1 percent of American homes replaced an older toilet with a new WaterSense labeled toilet, the country would save more than 38 million kilowatt-hours of electricity—enough electricity to supply more than 43,000 households for one month.

Source: http://www.epa.gov/WaterSense/water