Cherry Hill Bathroom Remodeling: Article About New WaterSense Program Facilitates Water Savings
WaterSense is a program that the Environmental Protection Agency has administered since 2006. Like EPA's Energy Star program, which certifies energy-saving appliances and building materials, WaterSense certifies plumbing fixtures and other items that conserve water. When discussing your renovation plans with a Cherry Hill bathroom remodeling firm, ask about WaterSense fixtures.
By designating products that use a minimum of 20 percent less water than comparable plumbing fixtures, WaterSense helps you conserve on a daily basis. According to WaterSense, American homeowners who use certified products contribute to a national savings of billions of gallons annually.
A bathroom remodeling project is the ideal time to select such items as sink faucets, showers and toilets that have the WaterSense seal. You will see the difference on your monthly water usage bill.
Almost 17 percent of a typical household's total water consumption results from showering. While standard showerheads spray water at a rate of 2.5 gallons per minute (gpm), WaterSense showerheads spray 2 or less gpm. You may think that a WaterSense shower is less robust than a regular shower, but that is not the case. One of the criteria for WaterSense approval is that the item performs as well if not better than its water-consumptive counterparts. EPA estimates that a typical family can save nearly 3,000 gallons of water each year simply by retrofitting their existing showers with WaterSense shower heads. You will also see a savings on your water heating bills.
Standard toilets use even more water than showers on a day to day basis. Older models use up to 6 gallons of water per flush, which amounts to approximately 30 percent of your home's water consumption.
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Currently, the federal flush standard for new toilets is 1.6 gallons. WaterSense models use 1.28 gallons or less each time you flush. According to EPA, replacing standard toilets with WaterSense fixtures could save almost 13 thousand gallons of water annually in an average sized household. This translates to a dollar savings on your water bill of over $100.
Hand washing and teeth brushing consume water several times each day. WaterSense faucets, however, reduce that usage from the average 2.2 gpm on standard faucets to 1.5 gpm. A WaterSense aerator maintains the strength of the water flow despite conserving water, and a WaterSense faucet performs as well if not better than standard fixtures. An average sized family saves around 700 gallons of water with WaterSense aerators and faucets.
WaterSense certification also extends to outdoor irrigation systems and even new homes. To earn a WaterSense designation, a new home must incorporate WaterSense plumbing fixtures, an efficient water heating and delivery system, and water conserving landscaping outdoors. EPA projects that a family of four living in a WaterSense home saves around 50 thousand gallons of water annually compared to a standard home. That represents a financial savings of approximately $600 per year.
Water is a valuable resource that may become scarce in future years. Making sure that your contractor installs WaterSense features in your remodeled bathroom means that your home is more attractive to potential buyers and saves you money while you own the house.