Posted by Rachel Sorenson | Posted in Campus News & Events | Posted on 12-12-2013
Tags: sustainability, sustainable clark
Ever wonder how much water and energy Americans use? Interested in learning about how to reduce your personal consumption? Here you go! Here are some facts about water and energy:
- A hot water faucet that leaks one drop per second can add up to 165 gallons a month. That’s more than one person uses in two weeks.
- An American family of four uses up to 260 gallons of water in the home per day.
- Running tap water for two minutes is equal to 3-5 gallons of water.
- A 5-minute shower is equal to 20-35 gallons of water.
- A full bath is equal to approximately 60 gallons of water.
- Water-efficient fixtures can cut water use by 30 percent.
- Although accounting for only 5 percent of the world’s population, Americans consume 26 percent of the world’s energy.
- America uses about 15 times more energy per person than the typical developing country.
- A heavy coat of dust on a light bulb can block up to half of the light.
- A crack as small as 1/16th of an inch around a window frame can let in as much cold air as leaving the window open three inches.
- Some new refrigerators are so energy-smart they use less electricity than a light bulb. (WOAH!)
- Every time you open the refrigerator door, up to 30 percent of the cold air can escape.
- Office buildings use approximately 19 percent of all energy consumed in the United States.
- Heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems account for 40-60 percent of total energy use in the commercial sector.
Knowing these facts and others can help us make better choices about the energy and water we consume. For more information about sustainability please visit Sustainable Clark online.
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