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Water and Energy: Leveraging Voluntary Programs to Save Both Water and Energy (2008)

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Water and Energy: Leveraging Voluntary Programs to Save Both Water and Energy (2008)

Water and Energy: Leveraging Voluntary Programs to Save Both Water and Energy (2008)
The ICF International Contributorsen | ICF International | 2009-06-01 | ISBN : 0854724454 | PDF | 1.79 MB

Water and energy are critical resources that affect virtually all aspects of daily life. Ensuring these resources are available in sufficient quantities when and where society needs them entails significant investments in planning, infrastructure development, operations and maintenance. Users of energy and water pay for these investments through their routine utility bills. As water and energy planners assess and undertake policies and programs to maintain the reliability of these systems, meet the growing demand for water and energy, and address scarcity, among other objectives, improving the efficiency in the use of these resources in homes, buildings, and industry is frequently identified as an important strategy. Recent studies project that more than $220 billion is needed to update and expand our water treatment and delivery systems over the next twenty years and more than $400 billion is necessary to meet the growing demand for electricity over the next twenty-five years. The numerous energy and water efficiency measures that can save these resources at costs lower than those for providing new supply and distribution infrastructure can contribute to significant savings.