A new report by a nonprofit advocacy group suggests that consumers who don’t need to spend as much money on energy can save more money if they can reduce their consumption.
“There’s a big opportunity to save money if you’re an average American,” said Robert W. Frank, executive director of Consumer Action, which is based in the U.K. The group has produced a study titled “The Next Generation: How to Save Money.”
Frank and his co-authors estimate that consumers could save up to $4,000 a year if they reduced their consumption of water appliances, like boilers, fans and water heaters.
“Water can be an energy-sucking, carbon-intensive commodity that is costing us billions of dollars each year,” Frank said.
“It’s time we put a stop to it.”
Water is the most commonly used consumer product in the United States, according to a 2013 study by the Environmental Working Group.
It’s used in nearly every household in the country.
But water is a byproduct of agriculture, which uses it to purify water.
Water is also an important source of protein and energy, making it the second-most commonly used food commodity.
It also is a source of mercury, an environmental pollutant, according the U and World Health Organization.
Water costs roughly $20 to $30 per liter, according a recent analysis by the nonprofit Center for Food Safety.
That means a 1,000-gallon tank of water can cost as much as $10 per year to heat and cool, according Frank.
According to the report, consumers could cut their water use by as much in the next four years as they currently are.
In addition to water, other important consumer products that can be cut include electricity, heating oil, pesticides, chemicals and plastic bags.
Frank said that the report highlights a need for more awareness and education about water, and for businesses to understand that consumers can reduce water consumption if they understand the environmental costs of using it.
“The biggest opportunity for reducing water consumption is not through consumer pressure but by reducing waste,” he said.
“And if you do that, you can save money on your water bills.”
Frank also said the report has the potential to reduce the amount of waste that comes into a water treatment plant.
“If you’re making money from that, then you’re more likely to do it for the environment,” he added.