You know that every time you flush your toilet, use your shower or wash a load of clothes, you are using water. However, did you know that you may be using A LOT more water than necessary to do these things – resulting in a higher water bill at the end of each month?
If your home was built in the 80s or 90s, it’s likely that you have older, inefficient appliances. In order to save water – and ultimately, money – consider changing out these appliances with EPA WaterSense® appliances and those that are ENERGY STAR rated.
By replacing old, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models, the average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent—that's nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings for your home every year! You could also save more than $110 per year in water costs, and $2,200 over the lifetime of the toilets.
Your showerhead may also be guilty of wasting water. Did you know that standard showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm)? Water–saving showerheads that earn the WaterSense label must demonstrate that they use no more than 2.0 gpm. The WaterSense label also ensures that these products provide a satisfactory shower that is equal to or better than conventional showerheads on the market.
When it comes to washing machines, look for those that have a ENERGY STAR rating. ENERGY STAR washers have the government seal of approval for efficiency. And an efficient washing machine uses less energy and water to do the job.
Saving water is good for the environment, but it can also be good for your water bill. Look for the WaterSense label and ENERGY STAR rating the next time you need to replace your water-using appliances.