This is a guest post from EnerNOC Energy Efficiency Analyst, Gabe Wolf.
It’s been all over the news: after months and months of extremely dry weather, nearly 50% of the U.S. is currently in a drought. Certain western states, like Arizona, California, and Nevada, are experiencing 100% drought conditions. This summer’s hot, dry weather hasn’t helped: the U.S. Drought Monitor, for the first time in its 25-year history, reported that 100% of California is in severe drought or worse. Lakes are low, rivers and watersheds are running dry, state and local governments have called for voluntary water conservation for months, and the devastation to the state’s agricultural industry has been substantial. As such, the state recently called for mandatory conservation actions.
Droughts aren’t just localized crisis, however. Water is an input in nearly everything we purchase, eat, and do – including the energy we consume – and the lack of it can wreak havoc on a business’ bottom-line and our economy as a whole. It’s easy to feel disconnected from the effects of a drought, but if we don’t act, that won’t be the case for long.