When you think of your dream bathroom, what do you picture? At Eco Plumbers,
we picture an eco-friendly bathroom that is entirely water and energy
efficient. This means using WaterSense products, which are the approved
standard in water efficiency by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
By using WaterSense products, such as low-flow toilets, water efficient
faucets, and high-efficiency showerheads, you can create an incredibly
environmentally friendly bathroom and save on your water bill, too. To
learn more about the installation of WaterSense products,
contact The Eco Plumbers today.
What is WaterSense?
WaterSense is a government sponsored program that involves a partnership
between the EPA and manufacturers of water-efficient products. Those products
that meet EPA standards will have the WaterSense label, enabling consumers
to easily see if a product is water efficient without having to compare
the complex details of each item. WaterSense products are always tested
and certified via a third party who is independent from both the EPA and
the manufacturer, ensuring that only products that actually meet the specifications
receive the label.
Did you know that your toilet accounts for almost 30% of water consumption
for the average homeowner? Old toilets that are not water-efficient are
huge wasters of water, using about 6 gallons each time you flush. If you
WaterSense low-flow toilet, you can use just 1.28 gallons each time you flush. This will decrease
your toilet water use by up to 60%, saving almost 13,000 gallons of water
each year. In utility costs, this amounts to over $110 each year and $2,200
during the entire lifetime of your toilets.
For an even larger perspective, consider how much water could be saved
across the United States if every homeowner installed WaterSense low-flow
toilets. This would save about 520 billion gallons of water annually,
which amounts to the water flow over Niagara Falls over the course of
12 days. WaterSense toilets are available in many different styles and
price ranges. In addition, it is possible that your utility company will
offer a voucher or rebate for purchasing a WaterSense toilet.
Efficient Sink Faucets
Another important WaterSense product to consider is a water efficient faucet
for your bathroom sink. These faucets will use only 1.5 gallons of water
per minute. In addition, you can install a low-flow faucet aerator. This
changes the way water streams out of your faucet and saves on water consumption.
Along with changing the type of faucet you use, you should also turn off
the faucet when brushing your teeth or shaving. This will save you a maximum
of 300 gallons of water every month.
Finally, water efficient showerheads are another WaterSense product that
will save water consumption in your bathroom. Showering typically adds
up to about 17% of the average home's daily water use. While the standard
showerhead will utilize 2.5 gallons of water per minute, WaterSense showerheads
must use less than 2 gallons per minute. This can save you about 2,900
gallons of water every year. In addition, a
water-efficient showerhead will require less use of your
water heater, further saving on electricity.