Saturday, June 4, 2011

NC Green Travel Tips - Water Conservation

For many tourism businesses, water and energy are two separate utility bills, but when you conserve water you can also reduce your electric and gas bills because of the energy needed for hot water. One of the most common sources of hot water waste is at dishwashing stations where an inefficient pre-rinse spray valve can waste as much as 180 gallons of water and 1.5 therms of energy for every 3 hours of use. (It takes about the same energy equivalent of 1.5 therms to boil 140 gallons of water.) Another simple way to reduce your business’s hot water usage is to install aerators on your faucets, which typically can easily screw on to existing fixtures and can save up $100 in annual energy and water costs. Repairing leaky plumbing equipment and fixtures and developing polices to conserve water will also help reduce your energy bills. And not only will conserving hot water reduce your energy bills, but it will also reduce the load on your water heater, resulting in less wear and tear which cause costly repairs. For more water saving tips, visit or contact Tom Rhodes at


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