Being smart about energy use around your house is not the only way to save money. You can save more by being efficient with your water use, as well. For example, try to avoid using water during peak periods, roughly 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. It takes a tremendous amount of electricity to run the many pumps that obtain, purify and bring water to your house then transport wastes to your regional water utility. Because energy prices are highest during those peak hours, it costs your water utility more to run the water pump during those hours. If you avoid using water during peak energy demand hours, your local water utility company won’t have to pay the high prices…a cost which is eventually passed down to you, the consumer.
It’s not hard to use water wisely. For example, plan ahead to run dishwashers and clothes washers in the late evenings or water your lawn and garden only between the hours of 10:00 pm and 10:00 am. For more ideas on ways to save water, energy and money, visit SMUD’s Conservation Tips.