WaterSense: The Secret to Saving Water
Conservation is one of the most important issues facing the global community, and water conservation is especially important. The Earth may be covered in water, but most of it is not drinkable by humans. With the effects of droughts affecting people in the U.S. and all throughout the world, it is more important than ever to take steps to conserve water.
WaterSense is a partnership program with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that strives to find ways to conserve and protect the nation’s water supply. Offering consumer tips on saving water, as well as water usage guidelines for the plumbing and home building industry, WaterSense makes reducing water use easy for every home.
WaterSense and the Home Building Industry
For the home building and green remodeling industry, the WaterSense program makes it easy to choose water-saving products from the start of a project. In order to qualify for a WaterSense label, a product must use 20% less water than traditional products, without sacrificing performance. All WaterSense products are independently certified through official certifying bodies, so builders can be confident that they are getting the performance indicated by the label.
Many elements within a home can use WaterSense labeled products, including toilets, faucets, shower heads, and even sprinkler systems or landscape irrigation control systems. In fact, according to the WaterSense website, homes using WaterSense-labeled irrigation systems in place of a standard system can expect to save as much as 8,000 gallons of water per year! That is not only a lot of water saved, but can equate to hundreds of dollars saved for the homeowner as well.
In addition to simplifying the water conservation process for home builders and remodelers, the WaterSense program has also spurred manufacturers to create new products that satisfy the requirements for WaterSense certification. Manufacturers are challenged to meet and even exceed specifications, which has already resulted in some exciting innovations in the plumbing industry. As demand for water-saving products grows, innovation in the plumbing industry is sure to continue.
WaterSense for Consumers and Home Owners
For homeowners, WaterSense offers some great resources as well. The WaterSense website is designed to help everyone learn more about the importance of water conservation, and about how to make changes in your own home to conserve water and save money.
Finding products that qualify for a WaterSense certification, whether as a part of a green remodeling process or for something as simple as replacing a showerhead or sink faucet, is very easy in the site’s Product Search section. You can even find rebate information, allowing you to save more money on your purchases.
In addition to product information, the EPA’s WaterSense website offers helpful tips on how to conserve water inside your home and out, lets you calculate the water savings you’ll see by replacing specific items, and even offers a kid’s zone with fun facts and a water-saving game for kids to play.
Marla Esser Cloos Marla inspires and educates about what makes a green home green and how to do it – a bit at a time or all at once. Her work creating an online owners’ manual for green and greener homes, HomeNav.com, and work in national and local businesses, groups and associations, provides her a unique perspective to help people realize the true values of green homes as safer, healthier and more comfortable homes. Marla founded and co-hosts the Green Gab Podcast, on iTunes, 2 Guys Talking Podcast Network and GreenHomeCoach.com. She blogs on Green Home Coach and Proud Green Home. Her articles have appeared in Green Home Builder, Building Women and The Healthy Planet and she is the author of Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices to a Better Home from NAHB Builder Books. www