Whenever we reduce water use, we also save energy. In fact, several of the most cost-effective energy saving strategies, projects with the quickest payback, are water conservation improvements that reduce hot water use. If you are on municipal water and sewer, water consumption is also responsible for significant energy use. It takes energy to pump water from reservoirs or wells, and to filter and purify that water. It takes even more energy to treat waste water in sewage treatment plants. In fact, for many municipalities, waste water treatment is the single largest energy expense. As an Asheville NC Builder we believe in educating clients on energy saving techniques available in new home construction.
While we pay a little bit for every gallon of water we use, we pay a lot more when it is hot water we are using. In a typical American home, water heating accounts for about 12% of total energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, more than lighting, half-again as much as refrigeration, and about the same as air conditioning. That is a significant amount of energy. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to reduce our hot water use. A few of these are; 1) Install low-flow shower heads, 2) Install low-flow faucet aerators, 3) Repair leaky faucets or shower heads promptly, 4) Insulate hot water pipes, 5) Replace your clothes washer with a horizontal-axis, 6) Energy Star model, and 7) Replace your dishwasher with a top efficiency, Energy Star model. Advantage Development Co. is an award winning Asheville NC Builder that has been building fine custom homes for over twenty years. Visit us at http://www.advdevco.com/ to learn more about energy conservation building ideas.