Pam + H2O Hero“Would you like to save the world? One drop at a time?” our masked H2O Hero asked attendees of the Home, Garden and Lifestyles show this past weekend. Awash in his blue cape, our H2O Hero made his debut, engaging the community in lively dialog about how to Save Water, Save Energy and Save Money.

We talked to over 700 people, sending them home with bright red stop-sign-shaped 5-minute shower timers and the idea of holding a “shortest shower” competition in their home. There was a lot of good-natured family finger pointing when we asked who might linger the longest in the shower. Many water and energy-bill paying parents nudged their teens in our direction, so that they might buy in to our water saving tips. Short shower skeptics were able to hold, compare and understand the benefits of installing a low flow shower head, aerator or faucet nozzle. We showcased fixtures from many makers, calculated the water and energy savings and payback for each, and explained the EPA’s WaterSense label which assures homeowners of both performance and efficiency.

We met a lot of H2O Heroes – people who have installed Energy Star appliances, high-efficiency toilets, planted native species….people who are saving water in small and big ways! The discussions were terrific. If you missed this opportunity to meet our H2O Hero, don’t despair. He will be on hand again.  Visit with the HRWC on Earth Day (April 22), at the Mayor’s Green Fair (June 8) and Mission Zero Fest 2012 (June 9 &10.) We want to hear how you are saving water at home and at work.