Commercial and institutional users of water include a wide range of businesses and organizations. Facilities such as schools, hotels, retail stores, office buildings, and hospitals account for up to 17% of publicly-supplied water use and 18% of energy use in the United States. Reducing water use by adopting and promoting water-efficient products, services, and practices in these facilities can have a great impact in helping to meet challenges faced by communities to meet water demands, save energy, and reduce stress on our natural resources. Start saving water and energy now by taking action:
- Learn more about water use in different types of commercial buildings like hotels, hospitals, office buildings, schools, and restaurants.
- Consider installing WaterSense labeled products in your building.
- Find strategies to better manage your facility's water use through planning, metering, and leak detection.
- Explore best management practices to improve your building's performance.
- Discover other resources to assist commercial buildings and federal facilities reduce their water use and review case studies of successful water efficiency efforts.
- Learn what ENERGY STAR has available to help buildings track water and energy use and get recognized for energy and water savings.
- Follow WaterSense as it builds its program to support commercial and institutional facilities.