22 April 2012
Posted in Earth Day
Did you know there are ways to conserve water and save money? One way is through the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense label. The WaterSense can be found on high-efficiency products, homes and programs. They provide water efficient options that give you the same performance and quality you've come to expect, but with the added benefit of water savings.
For example, did you know that standard showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm)? Showerheads that earn the WaterSense label must demonstrate that they use no more than 2.0 gpm. The WaterSense label also ensures that these products provide a satisfactory shower that is equal to or better than conventional showerheads on the market. To ensure this, the EPA worked with a variety of stakeholders—including consumers who tested various showerheads—to develop criteria for water coverage and spray intensity. Independent laboratories test showerheads for these attributes before certifying them to earn the WaterSense label.
According to the EPA’s web site, the average household could save more than 2,300 gallons per year by installing WaterSense labeled showerheads. Since these water savings will reduce demands on water heaters, households will also save energy. In fact, a household could save 300 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power its television use for about a year. If every household in the United States installed WaterSense labeled showerheads, we could save more than $1.5 billion in water utility bills and more than 250 billion gallons of water annually, which could supply more than 2.5 million U.S. homes with their water needs for a year. In addition, we could avoid about $2.5 billion in energy costs for heating water.
At a time when energy consumption and independence is such a critical issue on so many levels, this small change clearly makes a big difference!