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Water 2014, 6(5), 1467-1481; doi:10.3390/w6051467
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Water Label to Improve Water Billing in Spanish Households

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Received: 24 February 2014 / Revised: 13 May 2014 / Accepted: 15 May 2014 / Published: 23 May 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Consumption and Water End-uses in Buildings)
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Abstract

A significant decrease in water consumption has been achieved in recent years thanks to different campaigns run by different institutions in Spain. However, most citizens do not have a very clear idea about whether or not they are efficiently using water. To solve this situation, this paper aims is to develop two water labels in order to improve the current water billing. These water labels evaluate the total water consumption and the domestic hot water consumption. To make the tags, several research studies were tackled for establishing consumer trends and behavior patterns. Furthermore, a survey and data collection were conducted to obtain updated values to validate information obtained from previous studies. The result are two water labels that establish six different levels to graphically show the efficiency, and they also include a comparison with the average consumption by customers of the same province. To ensure that the benefits of this evaluation are available to citizens, its inclusion on the water bill is proposed.
Keywords: consumption evaluation; efficiency; household; water consumption consumption evaluation; efficiency; household; water consumption
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Castillo-Martinez, A.; Gutierrez-Escolar, A.; Gutierrez-Martinez, J.-M.; Gomez-Pulido, J.M.; Garcia-Lopez, E. Water Label to Improve Water Billing in Spanish Households. Water 2014, 6, 1467-1481.

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