Reducing water usage will not only lower energy costs but will also ensure the future availability of resources and convey a corporate message that the environment matters.
One of the best ways to identify suitable water conservation measures is to do a thorough audit of the existing water systems within your building. The experts at WESCO Energy Solutions can work with you to identify, rate, and prioritize the best areas of your facility to reduce and conserve your water usage. We will work with you to establish a water savings plan and implement the appropriate measures to save you money.
It’s not surprising that reducing water use would simultaneously reduce water and wastewater utility charges, but it may also reduce electricity and gas expenses. As a result, the use of energy for pumping and heating decreases.
Leaking pipes are a common cause of wasteful water use, but leaks are also harmful to critical building assets. Identifying leaks early not only saves water but also allows the leak to be addressed before serious damage and work stoppage occurs.
Nearly 400 of the largest municipalities in the U.S. offer commercial water conservation incentives, programs, and rebates.
Water is a critical resource and it can only be renewed slowly through process humanity has little control over. It behooves us all not to waste water today so that we have enough water for tomorrow.
Conserving water presents your organization in a positive light by addressing environmental sustainability concerns and preserving a resource that every human need.
Lowering the rate of demand for water can postpone or eliminate the need for large-scale capital investments in a facility’s infrastructure.
Aerators for faucets, reduced-flow showerheads, and high-efficiency toilet and urinal flush valves are especially cost-effective when installed on fixtures that are used often. These low-maintenance building enhancements present an excellent opportunity for buildings with pre-1992 fixtures to save substantial amounts of water and thus operating costs.
Metering and submetering can reduce leaks or find leaks prior to waste and damage. These leak detection systems should be integrated with building automation systems to notify maintenance staff of water leaks ensuring a quick response before serious damage occurs.
One of the quickest and simplest ways to address water conservation in irrigation systems is to add a rain sensor to detect when precipitation is present in order to lock out a controller so it does not run its program. After the rain, the sensor automatically resets.
Rainwater harvesting systems are ideal when a building with a large roof area also requires a high demand for non-potable water. Capturing and storing rainwater is an easy and effective way to conserve water through a commercially viable payback period.
By properly insulating hot water pipes, heat losses can be reduced, and terminal fixture water temperatures can be effectively raised without any additional energy usage. When hot water is immediately available, the user is less likely to waste it.
Water usage can be reduced by concentrating on drift and blowdown. Installing conductivity meters on blowdown lines helps reduce water usage during the bleed/feed cycles while drift can be reduced with baffles or drift eliminators. All of these devices improve operating efficiency and reduce environmental impacts.