Drought in Texas September 2011

A special e-newsletter about dealing with the Texas drought

Tips for power and water consumers during drought

By Danielle Kalisek

According to Dr. Michael Webber and Ashlynn Stillwell at The University of Texas at Austin, the best tip for consumers to keep in mind is that “Saving electricity saves water.”

Conserve electricity:

  • Increasing the temperature on your thermostat and turning off lights saves electricity and also the water to cool power plants where that electricity is produced.
  • Anything you can do to reduce peak electricity use helps power plants cope with drought.

Reduce water use:

  • Irrigate outdoors wisely. Avoid watering outdoors during the heat of the day. 
  • Save water indoors. Install low-flow plumbing fixtures. Only wash full loads of laundry or dishes.
  • Avoid water waste. Collect the water coming out of the faucet while you’re waiting for hot water. Use that water for plants, pets, or other water uses.
  • Especially conserve heated water. Heating water uses energy, so you can easily save both water and energy by reducing use of heated water with shorter showers and washing laundry in cold water.
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