Monday, February 28, 2011

~Making A Difference Monday~

Taking a shower uses much less water than filling up a bathtub. A shower only uses 10 to 25 gallons, while a bath takes up to 70 gallons! If you do take a bath, be sure to plug the drain right away and adjust the temperature as you fill the tub.

To save even more water, keep your shower under five minutes long—try timing yourself with a clock next time you hop in!

A 10-minute shower at 5 gallons per minute is 50 gallons of water used per shower. A 10-minute shower at 2.5 gallons per minute is 25 gallons of water used per shower.

50 gallons x 30 days = 1,500 gallons, 25 gallons x 30 days = 750 gallons, which is a 750 gallons of water per month savings. (via

Showerheads that earn the WaterSense label use no more than 2.0 gpm. The WaterSense label also ensures that these products provide a satisfactory shower that is equal to or better than conventional showerheads.

A Shower of Savings
The average household could save more than 2,300 gallons per year by installing WaterSense labeled showerheads. Since these water savings will reduce demands on water heaters, households will also save energy which means more money in YOUR wallet!

In fact, a household could save 300 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power one television use for about a year. (via

This is a tough one for most of us but try to imit the length of your showers to 5 minutes. A family of four taking daily 5-minute showers with a high-efficiency showerhead can save more than 40,000 gallons of water each year. (via

A family of 2 adults with 2 children using a WaterSense showerhead will save about 890 gallons at water every 3 months. This is roughly equivalent to 22 loads of laundry! (

Indoor Water Audit and Retrofit Kits
Curious about the water efficiency of your faucets, toilets and showers? The Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) provides property owners with a free Indoor Water Audit and Retrofit Kit so you can test your fixtures.

The kits include:
•Easy-to-follow instructions
•Kitchen faucet fixture
•Bathroom sink aerators (2)
•Water flow testing bag
•Leak detection tablets
•Thread-sealing Teflon tape
•Water-efficient shower head

To request an Indoor Water Audit and Retrofit Kit, call the Conservation Helpline at (702) 258-7283 or fill out our online request form.

Let's face it, not every household in America will do their part in reducing water waste. But YOU can do something, even if it's one little thing, to help conserve water, save money for your family, and feel good about participating in making a difference.

So next time you're at Lowe's or Home Depot, ask about WaterSense labeled showerheads!

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