Give Mother Nature a break!
Shut OFF your lights on Saturday, March 30th from 8:30-9:30pm local time for Earth Hour.
The use of water and of energy are intricately intertwined.
–Saving Energy Saves Water: The production of energy — hydroelectric, industrial steam-power generation, fracking, etc— requires a lot of water.
–Saving Water Saves Energy: The extraction, treatment, distribution, and use of water – which is then followed by the collection and treatment of wastewater – requires a lot of energy.
–Saving Water and Energy Saves Greenhouse Gas Emissions! It’s up to state, tribal, and local governments – as well as us! – to implement actions that address energy-water-climate change challenges.
See also EPA on the Water-Energy Nexus
DID YOU KNOW?
— Running the hot water faucet for 5 minutes uses about the same amount of energy as burning a 60-watt bulb for 14 hours –U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
–In 2000, thermoelectric facilities (industrial steam-power generation) used 195,000 million gallons of water a day. This represents almost half of all of the water withdrawn in the United States. – United States Geological Survey
– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director