As we enter a new year and consider what the future may hold, many questions revolve around water and energy. Will the drought end? Will fire impact our watershed? Will the river flow this summer? Will the monsoons happen? How much will my utility bills go up this year due to increasing summer temperatures?
Conservation has been a big part of the solution to our ever-increasing energy and water needs. Cities and private utilities across the country, including Santa Fe and PNM, have implemented conservation programs in an effort to reduce consumption, and they have played a role in reducing our daily intake. However, technology has also played a key role in both water and energy usage. Old washing machines used up to 35 gallons per load whereas new ones can use as little as 6.5 gallons. Old faucets and showerheads could use more than five gallons a minute; now new EPA Water Sense-approved aerators can use as little as one gallon a minute.