When preparing to install or upgrade plumbing fixtures, there are several factors to consider—style, fit and functionality to name a few. But there’s one more important consideration that should be top of mind for any product that’s tied into your water system: Does it carry the WaterSense® label? It is easier than ever to ensure that you’re doing your part to reduce water usage—just look for the WaterSense label.
Whether you’re in a drought prone region or not, water conservation is important. Here are a few reasons why:
- Saving water saves you money on your water bills.
- Since it takes energy to heat water, conserving water can also reduce your energy bills.
- Clean water is a limited resource. Cutting back on your water use helps prevent water shortages in your community—both now and in the future.
What does the WaterSense® label mean?
When a product carries the WaterSense® label, you can be sure it will save water. In order for products to quality for the WaterSense® label, they must be certified to meet the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) standards for both performance and water efficiency. That means that you’re not going to be sacrificing on comfort or effectiveness by choosing more efficient products.
Showers are responsible for almost 17% of indoor water use in homes. Standard showerheads flow at a rate of 2.5 gallons per minute (GPM). WaterSense® showerheads cut that flow rate down to a maximum of 2.0 GPM while providing a similar or better shower experience than standard models. Switching to WaterSense® certified showerheads can save the average family 2,700 gallons per year—not to mention the 330-kilowatt hours of electricity saved on water heating costs. That’s enough electricity to power an entire house for 11 days! Western H2O Depot offers instant rebates on a wide variety of WaterSense® showerheads.
You can cut your sink’s water flow by 30% or more—without affecting performance—by installing WaterSense® labeled faucets and accessories like aerators. While it might not seem like much, consider this: if every home in the United States replaced older faucets with these more efficient fixtures, the country could save $1.3 billion on water costs every year. That’s 700 gallons of water per year, per household. Faucets and aerators are a low-dollar investment, making this a super-affordable way to tackle a big problem. | Shop Western H2O Depot's wide variety of WaterSense aerators