Most of us know the importance of saving energy, and many know the importance of saving water. But few of us connect that by saving one, we also save the other.
A large amount of energy is required to treat water and pump it to your home, just as a vast amount of water is needed to cool the power plants that generate electricity.
It takes around 15,000 litres of water to produce enough electricity to power the average Newcastle home over a year. (Source: Macquarie Generation 2012 Annual Report and Ausgrid 2012 Community Electricity Report)
In the home, heating water for showers, shaving, cooking and cleaning also uses a considerable amount of energy.
That's why it's important to remember, especially as the weather gets colder and we tend to have longer, hotter showers, that by installing a water efficient shower and reducing time spent in the shower you can save energy and water in your home.
One of the best ways to save energy across the country and in your own home is to use water more efficiently.
Did you know?
- Hot water uses 39% of energy in the average home.
- Washing your clothes in cold water can reduce energy use by up to 80% when compared to a warm wash load.
- Installing a water efficient showerhead can reduce your costs by up to $100 per year.