Water conservation is no mystery in California. Water is one of our most precious resources. At Big B’s Plumbing, we like to spread the news on ways we can conserve water without missing out on the “water experience.” What we mean when we say “water experience” is:
- We all want to enjoy a good hot shower.
- Have a toilet that flushes better than ever.
- Have washers that leave our clothes spotlessly clean.
- Faucets and shower heads that exceed expectations.
- Dishes, glasses, and pots and pans that sparkle.
Keeping The Water Experience Requires Us Doing Our Part
The big question is can we have all this while conserving water and saving money? The answer is yes, but it won’t happen without you doing your part. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had stepped in and done their part when they passed the energy policy act of 1992. For one it mandated new toilets to use 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF). Before 1980 it was 5 GPF, and from 1980 to 1994 is was 3.5 GPF. One place you can start is by replacing your old toilets. New toilets outperform old toilets while using close to two gallons less per flush.
Think about this; if one person flushes three times a day, that’s a savings of six gallons of water saved. Now times that by 365 days and you’ve saved 2,190 gallons of water. Don’t stop there; the average household has 2.58 people per household, that’s a savings of 5,650 gallons of water saved per household annually.
WaterSense Label Products Have Come A Long Way
Here is a great example; if a family of four that replaces their water heater, toilet, and shower heads with the WaterSense label products they’ll save $88 annually. It will save 6,800 gallons of water annually which is equivalent to washing 170 loads of laundry. Additionally, you can avoid 310 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions from entering our atmosphere each year. That’s equivalent to taking one car off of the road for ten days.
Let’s be realistic with ourselves we’re not going to run out and replace all our faucets and appliances. But we can start small and move forward. The EPA has a calculator to help consumers calculate your energy savings based on the family size. Many cities and states provide rebates to those consumers purchasing WaterSense labeled products.