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Save water with the WaterSense program.

The WaterSense program, which is a service that was created in partnership with a number of companies and industries participants, is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is a rating type service, similar to EnergyStar, and it makes it very easy for Americans to save water, reduce their consumption, lower their monthly water bills, and also to protect the environment.

When shopping, look for the WaterSense label on the items you buy. This will guarantee that consumers will buy quality, water-efficient products. Many different products are available on the market, and they don't require a change in your lifestyle to save water.

By making just a few simple changes in the products that you purchase, and if you also use water more efficiently, you could save about $170 per year. For example, by just letting your faucet run for just five minutes, you use about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for almost 15 hours.

In order to be considered for the WaterSense label and the label that is provided as part of the program, water saving products must:

  • Be over 20 percent more water-efficient than the average products on the market. So this means a household can save up to 20% (if not more) of their monthly bills.
  • The items must also perform better than their less water efficient counterparts.

Examples of WaterSense products include :

  • Toilets : Older, inefficient toilets that are installed in homes are responsible for the majority of the water wasted in America. This leads to an increasing number of families to be faced with more expensive water bills. Replacing these older, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled units could save nearly 2 billion gallons per day across the country.
  • Irrigation : All too often, landscape irrigation systems waste water, in particualr in drier climates. In fact, they waste as much as 1.6 billion gallons of water every day across the country. WaterSense irrigation systems and partners that install these systems can help you lower your water consumption, save money, and at the same time maintain a healthy and beautiful landscape.





  • Faucet : If every household across America installed an efficient WaterSense faucet in their home, we could save more than 61 billion gallons of water annually.
  • Showerhead : Showering uses up about 18 percent of residential indoor water use in the United States. Many people think that a high pressure unit is a necessity, but that is not the case. If you use a WaterSense shower head, you can significantly lower your bills and also receive the same pressure that you may be use to. More than 1.2 trillion gallons of water are consumed each year from showers.

In many towns across the country, water providers are raising rates by double digit percentages each and every year, so this is becoming an even higher expense faced by households. Switching to WaterSence label products, even as you replace your current appliances, faucets, or toilets, can help people save a significant amount of money month in and out.

The cost involved to make this change this is minimal, as the WaterSense rated items are not much more expensive than other products. Due to this fact, the payback and savings passed on to households is immense, and they will accrue over time as well.




By Jon McNamara

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