Saving Energy in the Bathroom

Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Start in the bathroom. Even if you wash your clothes and dishes, the majority of water used in your home is still in the bathroom––75 percent by most estimates. Long showers may feel good but they waste electricity. Why? Because the biggest use of electricity in the average city goes to supplying and disposing of water.

But showers aren’t the only way we send water down the drain. The traditional toilet uses 5 gallons of water with every flush. And if you have one of those toilet tanks that’s always got you jiggling the handle, you may be wasting as much as 10,000 gallons of water each and every year. That’s enough water to fill two swimming pools!

While we’re on the subject of leaks, how about those dripping faucets that never fully shut off? A faucet that leaks enough to fill a soda bottle every half hour can waste more than 2,000 gallons annually. Gulp!

So take more baths, shorter showers and get someone with a wrench to fix all those annoying drips. If you do, you will see your water bill, gas bill and electric bill all go down. Check back for more money-saving ideas.