There is a lot more waste going on than meets the eye when it comes to water usage. We humans are wasting enormous amounts of one of our most precious natural resources…water.
Wasting water is wasting energy.
When you waste water you waste energy. Most water needs to be pumped from somewhere to get to your fixtures, whether it’s your own well, a river, or from a reservoir, it generally needs to be pumped. Pumping of course requires energy. Generating the energy to pump the water usually results in green house gas emissions and other pollution.
Another not-so-obvious source of waste when wasting water results from running the water down the drain. Where does it go? In the sewer in most instances.
Sewage generally must be processed before it is released into a river or wherever the sewage is discharged to. Processing sewage takes more energy. And as we’ve previously noted, wastefully using energy leads to more green house gasses being released into our precious atmosphere and possibly contributes to global warming and environmental problems.
How much water is being wasted?
In order to determine how much water is being wasted in the United States each year due to people running water down the drain needlessly while they wait for the hot water to arrive, we need to get an idea of how much water is wasted in that fashion in a typical US home.
Various manufacturers of demand hot water systems and hot water circulating systems give a range of about 12,000 to 16,000 gallons of year for a typical family of four. Just to get a ball-park idea of the potential residential water savings I’ll use a figure of 10,000 gallons per year in savings to be on the conservative side.
There are approximately 50 million single family homes in the United States, and many more apartments, condos, and multi-family homes that could take advantage of these water saving devices. For now though, I will just use the single family homes to keep it simple.
If each home saved 10,000 gallons of water each year, then all 50 million homes would save 500,000,000,000 gallons of water per year! Yes, that’s Five hundred billion gallons of water per year.
Throw in the apartments, condos, and multifamily homes, and the figure will be in the Trillions! And we still haven’t examined the commercial or industrial possibilities.
Stop the waste! Install a demand system!
Do your part to help save water, save the environment, and even reduce our dependence of foreign oil by reducing energy usage. By installing a hot water demand system you not only help save the environment of course, you also save yourself time and money. Don’t forget, fast hot water is also a convenience!