Nara's story

"An energy-saving kit is an easy way to save money while doing our part to help the environment."

Free energy-saving kit conserves natural gas and water

Nara was looking for ways to reduce her family’s energy and have a positive impact on the environment.

“I have three daughters and two are in sports, so water is constantly running. They plug their iPhone into their docking stations and they take 20-minute showers. They don’t think about the future impacts of wasting all that water.”

Water heating is the second largest energy expense in a home. It typically accounts for about 18 percent of utility bills, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • Showering and bathing are the largest indoor uses—27 percent—of water domestically.*

  • The average 5-minute shower takes 15-25 gallons of water—around 40 gallons are used in 10 minutes.*

Sometimes it's easy to forget that natural gas is used in ways one doesn’t see every day.

Nara received an energy-saving kit from energySMART, a Nicor Gas program, which included a kitchen faucet aerator, bathroom aerators, and a low-flow showerhead. After a quick 30-minute installation that they did themselves, Nara’s family was on their way to conserving up to 40 percent of their water use for every shower her family takes, resulting in saving energy and money on heating water.

“Anyone with more than a couple of kids is bleeding money," she laughs. "An energy-saving kit is an easy way to save money while doing our part to help the environment.”

*Energy and water savings based on Department of Energy (DOE)/Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) calculator data