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DATE: October 23, 2013
CONTACT: Stacey Herbold, NHDES Water Conservation Program
(603) 271-0659

NHDES Encourages Residents to "Shower Better" With WaterSense@ This Energy Awareness Month

Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is encouraging residents to celebrate Energy Awareness Month by finding ways to save energy in their homes, including replacing old showerheads with WaterSense labeled models as a way to save resources and "shower better".

Showering accounts for nearly 17 percent of all residential indoor water use, or about 30 gallons per household per day. That’s about 1.2 trillion gallons of water every year in the United States. By replacing a showerhead with a WaterSense labeled model, the average family can reduce its annual energy and water costs by more than $70 and save 2,900 gallons of water per year-the amount of water it takes to wash more than 70 loads of loads of laundry. What’s more, because it takes energy to heat shower water, that family can save the amount of electricity it takes to power its home for 13 days every year just by switching to a WaterSense labeled showerhead

All products that earn the WaterSense label have been independently certified to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) criteria for water efficiency, force and flow. This means you’ll enjoy the same level of water coverage you’ve come to expect, and you’ll shower better while saving water, energy and money on your utility bills.

To find WaterSense labeled water- and energy-saving showerheads and many other energy efficient products at a reduced cost to New Hampshire residents, go to the NHSaves catalog at WaterSense labeled showerheads may also be found by looking for the WaterSense label at your local home store.

For more information about WaterSense and water savings tips, visit the "We’re for Water" webpage by going to, clicking on the "A-Z" list, scrolling down to "Water Conservation", and clicking on "We’re for Water".

WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes and services. Since the program's inception in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save 487 billion gallons of water and $8.9 billion in water and energy bills.

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