Have you ever thought it is beneficial to use warm water? Have you dared to think that perhaps those “teenage showers”are wasteful and bad for the environment? Turns out, this mystery was recently solved, or at least a plausible explanation has been put forward.

According to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, a non profit organization that helps residents estimate their daily water usage versus wastage, 25 gallons or less constitutes to ‘water-efficient.’

Efficient water use can have major economic, health and environmental benefits by helping maintain and protect our ecosystem.  While water scarcity can be an abstract concept to many of us in America, it is a stark reality for others around the world.

Typically the average person uses roughly 100 gallons of water every day – that’s enough to fill 1,600 glasses. However this can easily be cut back by as much as 25% to 30% which would account for roughly 25 gallons of water saved per day. In the 1990 study carried out by the National Geographic Water Footprints, they assessed nearly 1,200 single-family homes and found that ‘showers used an estimated of 11.6-gallon/per person/per day. Toilet usage was ranked at the top at 27% followed by washing machines at 22%.’

Do you take a 30-minute shower every day? Challenge yourself to a 10-minute shower/daily and you could save up to 10 gallons of water. Think about how long it takes for your water to heat to a comfortable temperature. Did you know the amount of hot water wastage your shower or bath sends down the drains is contingent to the extra time you spent waiting for the water to warm up? – I can reassure you that you don’t even need a degree in Chemistry to understand any of this.

Hot showers require more water than cold showers, – why? Because hot water costs an extra 5.21 gallons on average per day. To make matters worse, this is 5.21 gallons of water that goes down the drain before you even start showering. Imagine all the water you could be saving? According to the Department of Energy, your water heater can waste anywhere from $36 to $61 annually in standby heat losses. All that need be said at this point is: Water You Thinking?

You might be asking yourself, ‘what does using more cold water contribute to?’ Given that it takes a lot of energy to heat water; that energy exerts to a significant global footprint. It should come as a little surprise in the 21st Century that there is the cost and the environment to consider. Saving water will not only reduce your water bill, it reduces your energy use, reduces CO2 emissions and reduces the impact of your environment.

Finally, it is important to remember that installing low-flow showerheads and implementing other water-saving techniques is very simple. Reducing your overall water usage is one of the easiest measures to put in place – take the challenge today and pursue the National Geographic Water Footprints site to learn how you can make a difference by reducing your water footprint and getting more involved with your local water conservation and advocacy efforts.

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