5 Tips to Cut Office Water Waste

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According to the EPA, water-efficient appliances would help the country save more than three trillion gallons of water and more than $18 billion per year, not to mention the energy savings. Increasing your workplace’s water efficiency will cut costs and conserve precious resources. Share these tips with your office or building manager to get started.

Conduct a Water Audit. Use the Environmental Defense Fund's Water Efficiency Toolkit to get a better picture of your company's water use. A water audit of your office building can also sometimes be performed for free by your utility company. Water audits can also be performed by a hired contractor (through the American Water Works Association’s Guide to Suppliers), or by using free water audit software from the AWWA.

Upgrade to Water-Saving Appliances and Fixtures. Water-efficient appliances include faucets, showers and toilets, and can save water while adding to your bottom line. When the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Portland, Oregon implemented water-saving measures, they saved more than $50,000 per year.

Find Financial Assistance. If your business is struggling to come up with the initial capital to make the green investment, the US Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable division should be your next stop. And don’t forget to contact your utility company to learn about efficiency incentives and tax credits.

Landscape with Native Plants. Planting native and drought-tolerant plants on your property can help reduce water use. Check out the National Wildlife Federation to learn what plants are native to your region, and make sure your preferences are made clear to your property landscaper.

Install a Better Irrigation System. Upgrading to a more advanced irrigation system, such as one that senses the soil’s watering needs and is equipped with rain sensors can save millions of gallons of water and drastically cut utility bills. Harvard Business School made an initial investment of $250,000 and now brings in $50,000 in annual water savings and conserves about five million gallons of water every year.

Is your office interested in doing more for the environment? EarthShare’s workplace giving program might be right for you. Learn more.

 

Water Conservation Resources

WaterSense, US EPA

Water Efficiency Toolkit, Environmental Defense Fund

Green Building Resources, United States Green Building Council

 

 

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Nomsa

The above mentioned information is very educational and should be practiced everyday, especially the daily leakage of after faucet usage. i liked the water audit concept, cause it is something that a lot of us never think of doing but it could be one of the green technique that can save this precious resource.

Shane

It’s a useful post which I think lots of office owners will be able to learn a useful lesson. I’m so glad that I’ve stumbled upon this post really helped me a lot.


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