The value of water

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What was once a “cause” for impassioned environmentalists, water conservation is now deemed a common sense requirement for anyone with a brain.  Individual efforts of homeowners and businesses, while seemingly small, quickly accumulate saving millions of gallons of precious water.

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Water heater manufacturers offer products to meet new efficiency regulations

The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act mandates that new residential and light-duty commercial water heaters meet higher efficiency ratings.

Future sustainability relies on home water conservation

Given that a number of states, including California and Oregon, are already experiencing the effects of climate change, the need for an efficient water management plan becomes all the more pressing.

Heat pump water heaters deliver energy efficiency and solar capability

Heat pump water heaters are among the few tank options that meet new water heater energy efficiency regulations.

Harvest and use your rainwater

Harvesting rainwater is a way of saving and utilizing the rainwater that would normally fall on the roof of your home and go down the drain.

How to eliminate water hammer noise after flushing a toilet

Have you ever been startled by a loud bang in you pipes after your fill valve shuts off? This is called water-hammer.

On-call recirculation pumps combat water waste and deliver hot water quickly

With water restrictions in force in California and elsewhere, water recirculation pumps are an easy way to save water.

In its fourth year, the southwest drought has 14 California communities parched

Last October, California communities were on and off a list of “critical water systems” that, according to state officials, could run completely dry in 60 days.

Whole home water filtration delivers safe, great tasting water

Although the United States has some of the best public drinking water available, there is reason to be concerned about contamination in some areas.

Water use down 22 percent in California for December

Thanks to some December rain, outdoor water use, a major contributor to water consumption in California, residents used 22 percent less water in December 2014 than the previous December.

Why is my toilet "ghost flushing"?

What to do when a toilet turns on and off by itself or is ghost flushing?

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NEWS


Find out how much hot water you waste every day

Take a few minutes to collect data about hot water waste in your home, and you could be drinking Starbucks for free while helping shape hot water use research.

High performance homebuilder developing homes for pro athletes

Could a green home help a pro athlete dunk more or catch more touchdown passes? One Chicago builder – a former pro athlete himself – will build high performance homes with a money back guarantee.

Contemporary spa bathrooms leading 2015 bathroom trends

Contemporary, zen-like retreats have strengthened their hold on North American bathroom design, according to the 2015 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends report.

Home products honored for innovations in high performance building

At the 2015 PCBC, the largest homebuilding trade show representing the west coast region 18 products were named to the Parade of Products Awards.

After new law, grid-enabled tank water heaters are coming to market

With the legislative provision for manufacturers to produce larger tank water heaters for utility programs, more products are coming to market.

Permeable pavers reduce stormwater pollution

Driveways and parking lots can be made significantly eco-friendlier with the installation of permeable systems.

Californians switching to artificial grass to battle drought

With mandates to replace lawns with drought tolerant landscaping, California residents are looking for good alternatives to traditional grass.

3 things contractors should know about new water heaters

Under the new regulations that took effect April 16, 2015, water-heating options for contractors of new and existing homes will vary dramatically.

RESNET developing Water Efficiency Rating for homes

The WER index will offer a rating system for water efficiency similar to the HERS Index for energy efficiency for homes.

More cities adopting smart water meters

The city of Santa Fe has a unique set of needs -- from water scarcity to a challenging geography -- which make installing cellular smart water meters attractive.

California enacts tough new water standards

As California experiences record drought, the state enacted emergency regulations to help save billions of gallons of water.

5 Smart Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home

Although our planet is covered with water, only a small percent of it can really be used safely for human consumption.

Save money and energy with new Energy Star tool

The Energy Star Home Advisor tool will recommended, customized and prioritized home-improvement projects to save energy and money.

New homes in Puget Sound eligible for WaterSense incentives

New homes in the Puget Sound region of Washington State are eligible for rebates to meet the WaterSense New Homes Incentive Program.

Avoid water leaks with new tools to detect and shut off broken pipes

Pipes seem to break at the worst possible time, when no one is home, usually during the winter when freezing temps strain plumbing systems.

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