Along the same lines as the recent infographic that we mentioned on green home improvement trends, eLocal recently published a new visual on water waste. Elocal created the graphic, “How Much Water is Your Home Wasting,” using feedback from its community of experts. Here’s what the professionals said:
Wasting the Best 1%:
It’s crazy but only 1% of the water on the planet is fresh and available for human consumption. It makes no sense to frivolously waste what’s already scarce — especially when new water sources may be difficult and expensive to come by.
Don’t Be Average:
The average American family uses 127,000 gallons of water per year with fixtures and appliances, but there’s no good reason to be average. Cut that number down with Energy Star or better appliances and low-flow, water-saving fixtures.
How to Save Water:
Specifically, a good place to start is with water-efficient faucets, washers, showers, and toilets. These measures will save money in the form of lower water and energy bills (i.e., using less energy to heat less water).
Benefits of Water Savings:
If everyone uses less water, the savings obviously add up to some large figures — something like 5.4 million gallons of water and $11.3 million dollars per day.