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Water Efficiency: Green Homebuilding Guide Vol.2
March 10th, 2015 11:00 AM

Water Efficiency

Green Homebuilding Guide Vol.2

There are many environmentally conscious companies & individuals making sustainable construction and renovation decisions that if executed properly, could lead to the lessening of waste, conservation of materials, creation of green-energy, and result in unique and effective home-building projects. The Green Homebuilding Guide is PahRoo’s periodical, that focuses on these eco-friendly options and provides insights into the various ways you can reduce your carbon footprint.

Vol. 2

Water Efficiency:

As the impact of the water crisis is felt globally, homeowners and homebuilding professionals are looking towards the next frontier of efficiency measures: economical and dynamic water use.

It is estimated that almost 14% of all potable water is purposed for buildings, which is a sizable burden on the environment, as well as the wallets of homeowners. Just like any limited resource, reducing usage will lead to significant savings and a lower carbon footprint. Additionally, water is unique in that it is heavily tied to energy  in two major ways. Most noticeably, it requires energy to pump, treat and deliver water before use. Moreover, it takes meaningful amounts of water, typically used as a ‘cooling agent’,  in order to help generate the energy we use to power our appliances and turn our lights on.

For many sustainably minded trailblazers, the high amount of energy embedded in water represents an opportunity for innovation and savings. The list of renovations and energy efficient appliances that can be implemented as a way to reduce water use is long, and growing yearly. According to the American Water Works Association, “If all U.S. households installed water-saving features, water use would decrease by 30 percent, saving an estimated 5.4 billion gallons per day. This would result in dollar-volume savings of $11.3 million per day or more than $4 billion per year.”

If you are looking to increase water efficiency in your current or future home, here are several great places to start exploring:

With substantial amounts of resources & energy saved through economical water use on a global scale, huge strides can be made in regards to the water challenges that we currently face. Whether it be through preserving water for it’s use in the creation of energy, or providing access to clean drinking water to the 1 in 9 people around the world that don’t currently have it, efficient water use will benefit the planet and lead to a more sustainable and cost effective household.

Posted by Michael Hobbs on March 10th, 2015 11:00 AMPost a Comment

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