What do you think about when you see your water bill…Niagara Falls?
There is a tool from the EPA to help you make better choices when upgrading your plumbing fixtures. It works a lot like the Energy Star program, it’s called WaterSense. WaterSense products use at least 20% less water then the current federal standards AND meet certifications that it performs as well or better then fixtures that meet the minimum federal standards.
What this means for your home:
- Toilets only need 1.28 gallons per flush versus current standard of 1.6 gallons per flush
- Bathroom Faucets use 1.5 gallons per minute versus the standard of 2.2 gallons per minute
- Showers use 2.0 gallons per minute versus the standard of 2.5 gallons per minute
- Irrigation systems use local weather and property conditions to water only when needed versus the traditional daily/weekly scheduled units
Will you save water? Will your bills be less? Yes and Yes, but not enough to go out and buy all new fixtures. But, if you are planning a remodel, update, etc.. the cost difference between a WaterSense fixture and a traditional is often little to none. Plus, you will save on your hot water bill as well, sense most hot water gets used in the bathroom.
This is where it pays off to be an informed home owner. Most likely that plumbing fixture will be in style for twenty more years and over those twenty years the water savings and bills will add up.