With World Environment Day being observed on Wednesday, June 5th of this week, I thought it would be fitting to cover one of HomeNav’s most valuable resources for every home, but especially for green homes. WaterSense is partnership program with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that strives to find ways to conserve and protect the nation’s water supply. Offering consumer tips on saving water and providing guidelines for the plumbing and home builder industry, WaterSense makes reducing water use easy.
WaterSense and the Home Industry
WaterSense has set guidelines for commercial and residential water related products and services to utilize a minimum of 20% less water than traditional equivalents, without a reduction in performance. Once the savings are demonstrated and certified, the WaterSense label is awarded.
Many elements within a home can use WaterSense labeled products, including toilets, faucets, shower heads and even landscape irrigation control systems. In fact, according to the WaterSense website, homes using WaterSense labeled irrigation systems in place of a standard system can expect to save as much a 8,000 gallons of water per year! That is not only a lot of water saved, but can equate to hundreds of dollars for the homeowner.
By establishing goals and specification, manufacturers are given the challenge to meet and exceed them. This has already produced some real innovation in the plumbing industry that is sure to continue.
Homeowner Support from WaterSense
For homeowners, WaterSense offers some great resources as well. On the website you will find a lot of helpful tips for reducing water use and calculate estimated savings from the effort. There is also a section that
Also included on the site is a directory of all WaterSense labeled products and services. This extensive list allows you to easily find certified products and services while building a new home or replacing older fixtures.
It is easy to find all of the resources that WaterSense offers. Simply visit your HomeNav dashboard and go to the Green Labels section under Get Green Certified. Here you will find many resources to help make your home more efficient, including WaterSense.