VIDEO: Save water and money in the bathroom with WaterSense-labeled products
For years the Energy Star label has been a useful guide for energy efficiency, but that's only part of the green equation. Now the WaterSense label, also from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was designed to guide consumers looking for water-saving devices as well.
By learning how (and which) products meet the criteria, you can easily incorporate the best and most eco-friendly products into your bath.
"WaterSense-labeled products help you save water in your home and protect the environment," said Stephanie Thornton, a representative of the WaterSense Program at the EPA. "Since it was first launched in 2006, the WaterSense program has helped consumers identify water-efficient products that not only meet specific water-savings criteria, but performance criteria as w?ell. Meaning you'll get the same great performance you're used to, just using less water."
WaterSense aims to decrease indoor and outdoor water use through efficient products and simple, water-saving practices. The program encourages customers to look for WaterSense-labeled products, which have been independently certified for efficiency and performance, and promotes water-saving techniques that reduce stress on the environment.
There are a number of product categories that carry the WaterSense label, making it even easier to reduce the water usage in your home. Here's an overview of products most commonly ?found in bathrooms:
Toilets: According to the EPA, you will likely flush the toilet nearly 140,000 times over the course of your lifetime. Switching to a WaterSense-labeled model will help save up to 4,000 gallons and $100 on the average water bill per year.
Whether you're remodeling a bathroom, building a new home or simply replacing an old toilet that's past its prime, a high-performance, water-efficient option bearing the WaterSense label is definitely worth considering. As the culprit of nearly 30 percent of your home's indoor water consumption, older, inefficient toilets waste up to 11 gallons every day.
Lavatory Faucets: With countless options available in nearly every style and finish, it's easy to reduce water usage and be stylish at the sink. Plumbing manufacturers continue to transition their products to meet WaterSense guidelines. Some manufacturers, such as Moen, offer WaterSense certifications on all of their lavatory faucets.
Designed to help environmentally conscious consumers optimize water flow without sacrificing performance, the faucets feature a 1.5 gallon per minute (gpm) flow rate versus the industry standard of 2.2 gpm, resulting in water conservation of up to 32 percent.
Showerheads: As the newest category to earn WaterSense labeling, traditional showerheads can use up to 30 gallons of water per household, per day. Installing a WaterSense-labeled showerhead could make a big difference, saving more than 2,300 gallons per year.
Moen was one of the first manufacturers to receive this certification for showerheads, with options representing every category in Moen's showering portfolio — including wall-mount, rainshower and hand-shower showerheads — and feature flow rates ranging from 1.75 gpm to 2.0 gpm, versus the industry standard of 2.5 gpm. The result is water conservation of up to 30 percent. Consumers don't have to sacrifice performance or comfort when choosing a sustainable showerhead. For instance, Moen's Nurture showerhead offers three settings, all with up to a 30-percent water savings from the industry standard.
A product that meets WaterSense criteria features the WaterSense label on its packaging, making it easy to spot these sustainable products. By incorporating these products into their homes, consumers can expect exceptional performance, a smaller water bill and the great feeling that comes with saving water for future generations.
To learn more about WaterSense product labels, watch this video from Moen:
For more information, see our Water-saving Devices Research Center.
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Gary Wollenhaupt is an experienced writer and editor, with a background as a daily newspaper reporter as well as corporate and agency public relations and marketing. He is constantly looking for affordable green upgrades to make to his home in eastern Kentucky.www