We’ve known for some time that our carbon and water footprints are connected, but the full extent of that relationship has not been thoroughly investigated since 1980. A new study in the journal “Environmental Science and Technology” estimates that the U.S. energy sector has collectively withdrawn 58 trillion gallons of water from various sources just to cool power plants and grow corn for ethanol production. The water used is often returned to its source at a higher temperature, which reduces the amount of soluble oxygen in the water, unnaturally speeding up evaporation, and increasing the likelihood of toxic algae growth. To avoid exacerbating this problem, we must make an effort to reduce both our carbon and water footprints. On average, it takes about 25 gallons of water to produce just one kilowatt-hour of energy. You can monitor your kWh usage by checking your electric bill each month. Do you know your water or carbon footprint? Let us know in the comments below 💧✨💡 - Years Of Living Dangerously

We’ve known for some time that our carbon and water footprints are connected, but the full extent of that relationship has not been thoroughly investigated since 1980. A new study in the journal “Environmental Science and Technology” estimates that the U.S. energy sector has collectively withdrawn 58 trillion gallons of water from various sources just to cool power plants and grow corn for ethanol production. The water used is often returned to its source at a higher temperature, which reduces the amount of soluble oxygen in the water, unnaturally speeding up evaporation, and increasing the likelihood of toxic algae growth. To avoid exacerbating this problem, we must make an effort to reduce both our carbon and water footprints. On average, it takes about 25 gallons of water to produce just one kilowatt-hour of energy. You can monitor your kWh usage by checking your electric bill each month. Do you know your water or carbon footprint? Let us know in the comments below 💧✨💡

We’ve known for some time that our carbon and water footprints are connected, but the full extent of that relationship has not been thoroughly investigated since 1980. A new study in the journal “Environmental Science and Technology” estimates that the U.S. energy sector has collectively withdrawn 58 trillion gallons of water from various sources just to cool power plants and grow corn for ethanol production. The water used is often returned to its source at a higher temperature, which reduces the amount of soluble oxygen in the water, unnaturally speeding up evaporation, and increasing the likelihood of toxic algae growth. To avoid exacerbating this problem, we must make an effort to reduce both our carbon and water footprints. On average, it takes about 25 gallons of water to produce just one kilowatt-hour of energy. You can monitor your kWh usage by checking your electric bill each month. Do you know your water or carbon footprint? Let us know in the comments below 💧✨💡

We’ve known for some time that our carbon and water footprints are connected, but the full extent of that relationship has not been thoroughly investigated since 1980. A new study in the journal “Environmental Science and Technology” estimates that the U.S. energy sector has collectively withdrawn 58 trillion gallons of water from various sources just to cool power plants and grow corn for ethanol production. The water used is often returned to its source at a higher temperature, which reduces the amount of soluble oxygen in the water, unnaturally speeding up evaporation, and increasing the likelihood of toxic algae growth. To avoid exacerbating this problem, we must make an effort to reduce both our carbon and water footprints. On average, it takes about 25 gallons of water to produce just one kilowatt-hour of energy. You can monitor your kWh usage by checking your electric bill each month. Do you know your water or carbon footprint? Let us know in the comments below 💧✨💡

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