I have a confession to make. This morning as I ran the water for my shower, I got distracted and accidentally let it run way longer than necessary to heat up. Visions of 3rd world children missing school to walk for hours to retrieve [probably dirty] water spun through my head as I then took the shortest shower known to mankind.
So naturally, the first thing I did when I got to work was take a browse through the WaterSense website , a gold-mine of water efficiency resources. I stumbled across this article on the environmental benefits of water efficiency and was floored by the facts and those enormous numbers.
In 2011 it’s practically second nature to conserve electricity, right? You don’t “air condition the neighborhood” by leaving the front door open, you turn off the lights when you leave a room; these have been parental catch-phrases for decades.
But did you know that letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours? 14 hours?!
Hopefully by 2012 it will be second nature to conserve water. I believe the lesson starts at home, so holler it with me, parents: “Turn off that tap!” “Put a bucket under that faucet!” “You’re clean enough, kid!”