shutterstock_130931927Did you know that 90% of the cost of your office water cooler’s water is something *other than water*?

Many offices have water coolers with those 5 gallon jugs on top of them. It’s obviously better than having individual single-serve plastic water bottles, but financially, it is an expense your office might be able to avoid. In addition, it has huge environmental consequences (see here for more on that).

There’s the cost of manufacturing plastic jugs. Then filling them with water at bottling plants. Then shipping them from the plant to distribution centers. Then the shipping to your office. (note that all of these costs have pretty negative environmental footprints). Here’s the breakdown of the costs of the 5 gallon jugs of water that show up at your office.

cost savings over bottled water


As it turns out, filtering the water on site can save your office substantial amounts of money. If your office goes through more than 5 jugs per month, filtering on site makes more sense, from a pure financial point of view (and again, has all those environmental and health benefits in tow).

If your office uses 10 jugs of water per month, it can save $420 per year by filtering on site. So what are you waiting for? Check out Quench, a company that offers bottleless water coolers for home and office, and start saving the planet and saving money right away.

This post was a sponsored post by Quench, but all opinions are our own. The facts on bottleless water coolers speak for themselves!

Water jug image from Shutterstock

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Scott Cooney

Scott Cooney (twitter: scottcooney) is an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai'i, green business startup coach, author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and developer of the sustainability board game GBO Hawai'i. Scott has started, grown and sold two mission-driven businesses, failed miserably at a third, and is currently in his fourth. Scott's current company has three divisions: a sustainability blog network that includes the world's biggest clean energy website and reached over 5 million readers in December 2013 alone; Pono Home, a turnkey and franchiseable green home consulting service that won entrance into the clean tech incubator known as Energy Excelerator; and Cost of Solar, a solar lead generation service to connect interested homeowners and solar contractors. In his spare time, Scott surfs, plays ultimate frisbee and enjoys a good, long bike ride. Find Scott on

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