What is WaterSense?

Whether you need to replace a single amenity or are investing in a thorough renovation, it’s time to consider WaterSense products. WaterSense is a label that distinguishes a product as one that is water-efficient and beneficial for the environment. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) criteria must be met in order for a product to receive the WaterSense label, which helps households save money as well as water.

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Some of the most popular WaterSense products include, but are not limited to:

  • Toilets. Currently, the federal standard ensures that toilets use less than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. WaterSense toilets, however, use up to 20 percent less water, as the standard is 1.28 gallons per flush. These criteria are independently certified to prove performance and efficiency. This can help homeowners save over $2,200 in water costs over the lifetime of the WaterSense toilet.
  • Faucets. Did you know that you’ll use as much as 3,000 gallons of water this year just to brush your teeth? The average faucet releases 2.2 gallons of water per minute while maintaining optimal performance. WaterSense faucets, however, use just 1.5 gallons per minute while providing ample flow. This is a significant water flow reduction. By switching to a WaterSense faucet, your household will save 700 gallons of water per year, which is enough water for 40 showers.
  • Urinals. Don’t worry – WaterSense products aren’t exclusive to homeowners. Commercial and institutional buildings can enjoy the cost and water efficiency of WaterSense urinals. The average business would save 4,600 gallons of water per year by simply switching to a WaterSense urinal. Nationwide, the savings would equate to the amount of water that flows over the Niagara Falls in a single day.
  • Irrigation. WaterSense controllers keep track of local weather and landscape conditions to prevent watering your crops if it’s already rained outside. This way, you don’t have to worry about wasted water. It’s estimated that $435 million is wasted annually on overwatering lawns and landscapes.
  • Showerheads. Water-efficient showerheads are often equated with low quality results, but this isn’t the case with WaterSense products. A showerhead with the WaterSense label allows homeowners to shower with power while saving water and money.
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Look for the WaterSense Label

By looking for the WaterSense label, you can save up to 20 percent more water and money on any appliance that utilizes water. Because the label is from the EPA and is independently certified, you can rest assured that any product with the WaterSense label will help you boost your environmental efficiency.

The next time you have a plumbing project, it’s important to consider investing in WaterSense products. This is a long-term solution that will help you reduce your costs as well as your environmental footprint. Each WaterSense product makes a difference, and together we can contribute to a more efficient world. With the help of a professional plumbing service, these products are easy to install and won’t interrupt your daily routine.

Are you doing your part to help save water every day? To learn more about WaterSense products for your next plumbing project, contact The EcoPlumbers today.