The Water-Energy Connection

Conserving water will lower your utility bills and greenhouse gas emissions.

Delivering water to and from your home is energy intensive. Did you know 64% of the City’s total municipal energy use goes toward pumping, distributing, and disposal of water used in our Community? Letting your faucet run for 5 minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours. In 2010, the 723 million gallons of water our community consumed generated 660 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. That is an annual emissions equivalent of nearly 70,000 gallons of gasoline consumed or roughly 120 passenger vehicles or the electricity use of approximately 80 average single-family households in the United States annually.

Reducing Household Water

Reducing household water use will not only help reduce the energy required to supply and treat public water supplies but it can also help address climate change. In fact, if 1 out of every 100 American homes retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, we could save about 100 million kWh of electricity per year-avoiding 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That is equivalent to removing nearly 15,000 automobiles from the road for 1 year! If 1% of American homes replaced their older, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models, the country would save more than 38 million kWh of electricity-enough to supply more than 43,000 households electricity for 1 month.

Heating Water
It also takes energy to heat the water used in your home. By reducing the amount of water you use each day, you not only decrease the need to pump, transport, heat, treat, and dispose of water but you also save money on your utility bills!