TerraBluTeams Practice #10

March is water month!  In the winter, the average person in the U.S. uses 80 gallons of water per day.  According to the U.N. Human Development Report, an American taking a five-minute shower uses more water than the typical person living in a developing country slum will use in a whole day. Our showers, laundry machines and toilet flushing comprise 64% of our water usage in the US according to the EPA.

Observe your water practices when brushing your teeth, taking a shower, dishwasher and laundry usage, lawn, auto and garden care. Are there ways you could be reducing your water footprint or purchasing more eco-efficient appliances and fixtures?

Out with the old, in with the cold – that’s this week’s challenge! The average American household spends $600-800 dollars annually to heat water for their home. All of this water heating can be a big deal when it comes to our energy use and personal carbon footprints.

Take, for instance, Proctor and Gamble, which did a lifecycle assessment of their products and found that heating water for washing clothes was the biggest single impact on the environment! So, this week, take a stand and implement at least three Cold Water Solutions – use cold water detergents, turn down the temperature on your water heater, wash dishes in a cool temp…all this cold H2O will lead to hot savings.

The WHAT:

Examine your use of water in your home and at work by calculating your water footprint and learning more about where your water comes from. Reduce your usage by 50% and implement cold water practices.

The HOW:

Calculate your water footprint here.

The Department of Energy tells us all about reducing hot water usage here.

100 Ways to conserve water here.

The Deep Dive:

Find your water resources here.

Do you know where your water comes from? Find out about watersheds here.

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