Workplace Water Efficiency: Quick Tips to Save Water and Money
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that over the past decade, water rates have risen “at a rate well above the consumer price index.”
There are many simple, cost-effective measures you can employ to conserve water and money in your business. Key areas to start focusing on are the three biggest culprits of water usage: restrooms, landscaping, and HVAC equipment.
Did you know that something as simple as a leaky toilet can waste as much as 21,600 gallons of water per month? This adds up to $2,100 per year! Toilet and urinal flushing typically account for 1/3 of a commercial building’s water consumption.
Inspecting restroom faucets and other fixtures for leaks is a simple way to save water. Look to replace bathroom fixtures with low-flow or ultra-low-flow models. Look for plumbing fixtures certified by the EPA’s WaterSense Program, using 20% less water without compromising performance.
Outdoor Water Use
We’ve all seen it: a sprinkler system running during a rainstorm. Landscaping water usage can account for 20% of your facility’s water consumption, making it a target area when looking to conserve water and lower your bill.
Using native plants, reducing grassy areas, use weather-based and seasonal irrigation schedules (adding a rain sensor on your irrigation system and watering less on cooler days) and installing WaterSense-certified irrigation products will all save your business money. Consider fitting your hoses with automatic shut-off nozzles and spreading mulch around landscaping as well.
HVAC Cooling Systems
According to the U.S. Green Building Council, water used in HVAC cooling towers accounts for nearly all of an HVAC system’s water consumption.
All cooling towers lose water through evaporation, drift (water lost when water droplets are transported in exhaust air), and blowdown (water drained from cooling equipment to remove mineral build-up). Keep your cooling towers in good working condition through regular inspection and maintenance so your system operates at peak efficiency.
Investing in cooling towers that use recycled water, such as storm water, and using cooling tower blowdown to water your landscaping are other great ways to conserve water.
Develop a Water Management Plan
Routinely monitor your facility’s water usage. If things seem off or you’re paying more than you anticipated, there’s a good chance you have inefficiencies that can be corrected.
Develop a workplace water management plan to cut down on water usage and trim your water bill. By taking a few simple steps, you can save water and money, helping the environment in the process.Want more ideas for sprucing up your office space place? Contact Susan Touhey at The Anderson Group for tips and tools to improve your office space design, productivity and efficiency. Call 518-458-7726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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