EPA: Consumers Save Money, Water With WaterSense Program
Showerheads added to WaterSense product list
In 2009, EPA’s WaterSense program helped consumers save more than 36 billion gallons of water and $267 million on their water and sewer bills, EPA said. That Is nearly four times as much water as consumers saved with WaterSense-labeled toilets, faucets and faucet accessories in 2008.
"By raising awareness about the value of smart water use, the WaterSense program encourages consumers to take environmental action into their own hands," said Peter S. Silva, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water. "WaterSense-labeled products provide Americans another opportunity to keep the country moving towards a green economy."
EPA created WaterSense in 2006 as a voluntary program to label products that are at least 20% more water efficient and perform as well as or better than standard models. WaterSense labels toilets, bathroom faucets and faucet accessories, flushing urinals, new homes and, most recently, residential showerheads. WaterSense also certifies programs for irrigation professionals.
With about 17% of all residential indoor water use in the United States going to showering, replacing a water-hogging showerhead with a WaterSense-labeled model can save enough water each year to wash more than two months’ worth of laundry. Like all WaterSense-labeled products, showerheads must be independently tested and certified to meet EPA’s efficiency and performance criteria before they can earn the label.
With the addition of showerheads, consumers can now renovate their bathrooms with a full suite of WaterSense-labeled products. A bathroom remodel that includes a WaterSense labeled toilet, faucet and showerhead will not only conserve water, but also save enough electricity each year to run a refrigerator for two months and save about $60 in utility bills.