You are here: Home Environment Water Conserve Water by Conserving Electricity Conserve Water by Conserving Electricity Saving water directly is an important way to conserve, but did you know that electricity uses billions of gallons of water every year? by Becky Striepe October 12, 2011, 2:00 am 6 Comments Paul Cross / Flickr (Creative Commons) Saving water directly is an important way to conserve, but did you know that electricity uses billions of gallons of water every year? Coal-fired and nuclear power plants use water. LOTS of water. In order to keep the power plant from overheating, utility companies pump in water to cool things off. The average coal power plant uses between 20 t0 50 gallons of water to produce a kilowatt-hour of electricity. That adds up to billions of gallons of water every single year! When you use electricity, you’re indirectly using water, and by cutting your electricity use, you can help reduce water use at power plants. How to Reduce Home Energy Use There are all sorts of ways that you can use less power at home. Here are a few to get you started: Switch to compact fluorescent or efficient LED light bulbs. Turn off lights in rooms you’re not using Get a home energy audit to see where your home could be using less energy. Invest in a programmable thermostat. Unplug devices that run on “vampire power.” Consider using renewable energy at home, by installing solar panels or a solar water heater to replace a portion of your home’s energy use. (There are many other benefits to solar energy as well, of course.) Of course, we can only do so much as individuals, but I’m a big believer that small changes can add up to a big impact! The other major change that can help energy companies use less water is a switch to more renewable power sources. Wind, solar, and geothermal energy don’t have nearly the water footprints of coal and nuclear. If your power company has a renewable energy program, I think it’s really important to vote with your dollar and buy in. See more Previous article Share, Borrow & Barter Next article Using Neural Networks to Improve Agriculture 6 Pings & Trackbacks Pingback:Saving Electricity Helps Save Water – Saving Water Helps Save Electricity | Metro DC Lawn and Garden Blog Pingback:Metro DC Lawn and Garden Blog: Saving Electricity Helps Save Water - Saving Water Helps Save Electricity Pingback:The Week in Water – Dec 17-23 Pingback:25 Ways to Reduce Food Waste Page 2 | Care2 Healthy Living « Mel L Pingback:Why Hotel Water Use Matters and What You Can Do - Eat Drink Better Pingback:The Week in Water - Dec 17-23 • Nifty Homestead Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.