residential water use

EPA Gives Water Footprint Calculator its Highest Award

It's been a year since the relaunch of the Water Footprint Calculator, and the good news keeps flowing. The tool was recently selected to receive a 2016 Environmental Champion Award from the Environmental Protection Agency, the agency's highest recognition.

Why We Need a Spanish Water Footprint Calculator

Last month, GRACE released a Spanish version of our Water Footprint Calculator and water saving tips. This is a tremendous opportunity to spread the message about water conservation and efficiency to an audience that often gets ignored in eco-minded efforts.

2015 River Network River Heroes: Jennifer Pitt

In this week's installment of Our Heroes, we talk with Jennifer Pitt of the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), one of River Network's 2015 River Heroes. Pitt manages EDF's efforts on the Colorado River to protect and restore the river's delta. In 2014, she helped bring water to the Delta for the first time in five decades.

Top 5 Thirst-Quenching (and Thirsty) Summertime Beverages

What's your favorite summertime beverage? Is it lemonade? Soda? Maybe it's iced tea? A recent CBS News poll found that iced tea tops the list of favorite drinks on a summer day. To find out what beverages round out the top five thirst quenchers - and how much water is required to make each one - read on.

Lake Mead: How Low Can You Flow?

When you find yourself in Las Vegas during the sweltering, 108-degree heat of the summer, is there a better way to beat the heat than to head to the sweltering, 125-degree heat of Hoover Dam? That's just what one of our staff members did recently. Check out her photos of the dam and of a rapidly declining Lake Mead.

50 Alternative Uses For Your Empty Pool

With many homeowners opting to leave their swimming pools dry in the midst of drought, we challenged ourselves to come up with 50 ideas for your empty pool. Check out our list and don't get jealous.

Hidden Water: 8 Ways We Use Water That Might Surprise You

Drought remains an all-too-common news story in the US but the silver lining is that a growing number of people are curious about how they can cut back on their water waste, and in many cases are willing to think outside the box to do it. Enter the water footprint.

Water Leak? Fix It and Forget It

According to the EPA, household leaks can waste more than 1 trillion gallons of water annually nationwide, so each spring they ask everyone to take a week and hunt down the drips and streams of wasted water. Fix-a-Leak Week is March 16-22, and it's a great time to find and fix your leaks so you can save valuable water and money all year long.

Your Water Footprint: An Interview with Author Stephen Leahy

Journalist Stephen Leahy's new book about water footprints is a great introduction to the mysterious world of virtual water. We recently asked him about how he became interested in water footprints, his suggestions for what readers can do and how his own water footprint measures up.

Make One Sustainable Choice, Get Two Free! 9 Simple Nexus Tips

Rarely is the food, water and energy nexus presented as convenient, much less in ways that are easy to understand. But if you strip away all the complex discussions and you're left with this simple idea: A sustainable choice in any one of these three systems is likely to be a sustainable choice for the other two, as well.

In the Heat of the Summer, Sweating Outdoor Water Use

While hanging out in the yard can be carefree summer fun, saving water is serious business, especially as a devastating drought continues in the southwest US. But with these tips, conserving water doesn't have to be a drag.

Earth Day 2014: An Eco-Stravaganza of Sustainable Tips and Tricks (Part 2)

This Earth Day, the Ecocentric team is celebrating by sharing our favorite eco-friendly tips and tricks! Hopefully you'll find, as we did, that there are always more sustainable tips to pick up. Here, tips on growing your own food, solar power-ing your nest and making the most out of your glassware. (Post 2 of 2)

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