Category Archives: Water

Get Yourself Out of Hot Water

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Energy and Sustainability Services

About 5% of the energy used in buildings is for heating water.

So, if we are going to focus on water conservation, let’s start there.  You’re killing two birds with one stone … saving water and saving energy at the same time.  What magic!

And, water-saving solutions don’t need to be expensive.  Fix dripping faucets with washers… Read More

ENERGY STAR® National Building Competition for the Real World

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Energy and Sustainability Services

 

Who really cares about the World Cup?

The truly important competition, the EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition (NBC), is kicking off and can have a real impact on something we all care about … the Real World (you know, our planet).

Commercial buildings waste, on average, about 30% of the energy they consume.  The NBC creates… Read More

Watts the Connection to Water?

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Carey Guerin
Sustainability University

World Water Day this Friday and Earth Hour this Saturday. It’s a good time to stop and think about the “energy-water nexus.”

The what?

It’s the connection between water and energy.

It takes energy to move, heat and treat our water. Or, it takes a lot of water to make our energy. The two are bonded together. While many… Read More

Categories: Americas, Water.

Water = Life, Oil = Energy, Water + Oil = Desalination

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Priya Chellani
Property and Asset Management, UAE

The Water Security Risk Index 2011, an annual report produced by Maplecroft that measures the future stability of water supplies across 162 countries, rated six Middle Eastern countries: Kuwait, Egypt, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Libya at ‘extreme risk’, while Iran and Qatar were rated ‘high risk’.  52% of global water desalination… Read More

Categories: Energy, Sustainability, Water.

Where Is All The Water Going?

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Energy and Sustainability Services

As we look around the country this very dry and very hot summer, it’s a good time to reflect on water.  It’s especially apropos, since many areas of the U.S. are facing re-occurring drought situations.

Rather than wondering where to find new water sources, perhaps we should stop and think about where the clean and… Read More

Categories: Sustainability, Water.