October is Energy Awareness Month, which is a good time to consider how energy, water, and money are wasted every day in our homes.
Most of us know about the importance of saving energy and water, but few of us make the connection that it takes energy to pump, heat, treat, and deliver the water we use every day.
According to the EPA WaterSense Program, American public water supply and treatment facilities consume about 56 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year—enough electricity to power more than 5 million homes for an entire year. And vast amounts of water are used to cool the power plants that generate electricity.
One of the simplest ways to save water, energy and money is to install water efficient products. Replacing older toilets, faucets, and showerheads with WaterSense labeled appliances will save resources while ensuring product performance.
For example, just replacing a standard 2.5 gallon per minute (gpm) showerhead, with a WaterSense labeled model of 2.0 gpm or less, can save 2,900 gallons of water per year—the amount of water it takes to wash more than 70 loads of laundry.
Luckily for Sharon residents, the Water Department offers WaterSense labeled showerheads (and faucet aerators) to residents, free of charge, making it easier than ever to start conserving! Simply visit the Department of Public Works during regular business hours:
Mon.-Wed. 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM
In addition, the Water Department offers generous rebates for replacing older toilets and clothes washers with more water efficient models. Toilets need to be WaterSense labeled and use 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf) or less, and clothes washers need to be Energystar rated, with a water factor of 4.5 or less. Call the Water Department with questions: 781-784-1525 x2315
For more information on the WaterSense Program: www.epa.gov/watersense