Evan Matzen, Manager, Sustainability


I reached out to folks at PfisterTM, a plumbing vendor of ours that offers a lot ofideallygreenSM showerheads and kitchen and bath faucets, on what water conservation means to them. Read their thoughts below, and don’t forget to scroll all the way down for a great promotion on water-conserving Pfister faucets.

Conserving water not only lowers your water and power bill, but it will also protect the environment. Reducing your overall water consumption can reduce the strain on our utilities, dams, and reservoirs, meaning that we won’t have to build new ones as quickly.

This is particularly important since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says that 36 states in the U.S. will experience local, regional, and even statewide water shortages by 2013. Our supply of abundant water has been depleted in the United States, largely because our population continues to grow while the supply of water on earth is finite. Building more dams and reservoirs won’t solve the problem, but conservation can have a tremendous impact on our natural resources.

Save $170 or More on Your Water Bill

When you update your inefficient kitchen Pfister Water Conservationand bathroom faucets and showerheads, you save money. For an average home, that means spending about $170 less on your annual water bill. The numbers really begin to add up, too. If every home in America did the same thing, we could reduce our overall water bill by $350 million!

See How You Can Save Water and Money

The savings become greater when you factor in the savings on your utility bill. By reducing overall water consumption in your home, you reduce the need to heat a lot of extra water in your water heater.

If just one of every 100 homes in the U.S. installed new water-saving fixtures, we could reduce our electricity consumption by 100 million kilowatts. That’s equivalent to taking15,000 cars off the road for a year and represents 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Best of all, our combined energy bill would be reduced by about $600 million, all because we have to heat less water, thanks to the newer eco-friendly fixtures.

Water Conservation Tips

With a few small changes, you can make a big difference. Here are some simple tips to conserve water in on your property or in home. By adopting just one of these tips, you could save hundreds of gallons of water per month, reduce you water bill, protect the environment, and sustain water for future generations.

  • Twisting on an aerator to an existing fixture can save up to 500 gallons per year
  • Installing water-efficient faucets can save up to 500 gallons per year
  • Installing water-efficient showerheads can save up to 500-800 gallons per month
  • Fixing leaky faucets or plumbing joints can save up to 20 gallons per day for every leak stopped
  • Shortening shower time can save up to 700 gallons per month for every minute
  • Turning off water while brushing your teeth can save up to 3 gallons each day
  • Using a spray device instead of letting the water run can save up to 200-500 gallons a month
  • Running only full loads in the washing machine and dishwasher can save up to 300-800 gallons per month
  • Washing fruits and vegetables in a pot of water and then using it to water plants can save up to 150-250 gallons per month
  • Disposing of hazardous material properly prevents contamination that can waste thousands of gallons of water (a quart of oil can contaminate up to 250,000 gallons of water)

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The above information and calculations have been provided by Pfister.

Do you have any water conservation tips that weren’t listed in this post?

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