...running the hot water for just 5 minutes is the equivalent to as much energy as is used for a 60W light bulb for 14 hours....
Riverside, CA (PRWEB) June 11, 2008
For the first time since 1991, California is officially experiencing a drought. This March and April, combined, were the driest on record in California since 1921. With below average rainfall and snow melt, continued development into desert regions and reduced supplies from the California aqueduct as a result of endangered species litigation, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proclamation of a statewide drought is not a huge surprise. The question is what actions will be taken, collectively and individually, to address this growing state, national and worldwide problem.
Currently, only 10%-20% of the water that comes out of the faucet is being utilized, while 80%-90% goes down the drain unused and wasted. For example, allowing the water to run while brushing one's teeth can waste up to five gallons of water. The Smart Faucet™, an innovative new water saving device, eliminates this waste by dispensing water only when it is actually needed, saving 5,000+ gallons of water per person annually.
The Smart Faucet™ is convenient, inexpensive and hygienic. The device is retrofit and can be installed easily by hand, without a plumber. Once installed, the faucet valves are preset and water is dispensed by slight pressure on the handle of the Smart Faucet™ with the back of one's hand. Following installation, there is no need to operate the valves, except to reset the water temperature or pressure.
In addition, many people do not realize that saving water also saves energy. The amount of energy it takes just to transport water across California accounts for approximately 20% of the state's energy consumption. According to Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute, "...running the hot water for just 5 minutes is the equivalent to as much energy as is used for a 60W light bulb for 14 hours...." Further, according to Susan Suarez writing for Got2BeGreen, the California Energy Commission calculated that if they canceled a proposed energy efficiency program and replaced it with a water savings program, they would save 95% of the energy for only 58% of the cost. Got2BeGreen.com: Energy Savings from Saving Water
There is enormous water and energy saving potential with large scale implementation of the Smart Faucet™. For example, if 18 million Californians utilized the Smart Faucet™ approximately 90 billion gallons of water would be saved annually. The energy used to transport this water equates to approximately 500,000 barrels of oil. At current oil prices, that would equate to over $50 million annually in savings. Not included in these savings is the cost of water heating and reclamation.
The public response to the Smart Faucet™ has been uniformly enthusiastic. Its benefits for children and the elderly, who may have trouble reaching or operating the faucet valves, are readily apparent. In addition, the Smart Faucet™ is also a great educational tool that makes people aware of water waste. For example, when the Smart Faucet™ was removed after testing of the device in some homes, children asked their parents to reinstall the device because they were upset about how much water was being wasted without it.
The Smart Faucet™ offers an easy, convenient and inexpensive way to take immediate action to reduce the growing national and worldwide water crisis and to help fight global warming.