Saving Water and Power Go Hand in Hand

Save Water & Energy this SummerDespite months of dry weather, the San Diego County Water Authority is forecasting enough water to meet summer demand. And despite the shutdown of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station in North County, San Diego Gas & Electric said it has lined up enough electricity supplies for typical summer conditions.

What people often don’t understand is the direct connection between those two vital resources: Water-related energy use has consumed roughly 20 percent of California’s electricity in recent years.  Power is used for moving water long distances, heating it and treating it – then treating it again when it enters the wastewater system.

That means one of the best ways to save energy is to use water more efficiently. The benefits of WaterSmart living include lessening the strain on the electricity grid and reducing energy use by local water and wastewater agencies.

You can help manage peak energy demands by using clothes washers and dishwashers in the evening instead of the middle of the day, purchasing a new high-efficiency clothes washer that qualifies for both water and energy utility rebates, and irrigating landscapes in the early morning to reduce waste from evaporation.

So, how to get started saving energy and water? Check out SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center, where you can take a tour of sustainable living options for your home and garden.