What is WaterSense?

The familiar blue and green “water drop” logo on WaterSense Products is seen on more and more items these days, whether it be shower heads, faucets, toilets, or a variety of other products. Although associated by many with being environmentally sound and appearing on products that will help to conserve water, the Raleigh NC green plumbing experts, Poole’s Plumbing offer you up an in-depth look at the savings and conservation that can be had by seeking out Water Sense Products.

Water Sense Products

According to the official website of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), WaterSense is “a partnership program which seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services.”

In an effort to protect the water supply through conservation efforts, the driving idea behind WaterSense Products is to promote the value of water efficiency, while providing simple methods for saving water as they encourage the company’s manufacturing different products that will bear their label to explore innovative ways that their item can save and conserve. As a result of this innovative manufacturing, the end result is that WaterSense Products will not only decrease your water usage, but also reduce unnecessary strain on infrastructure of these products and resources.

Water Sense Products

This EPA programs encouragement to provide a more efficient product alone does not result in the label going on WaterSense Products, as those adorning the “blue and green droplet” must first be certified as performing at least 20 percent more efficiently without compromising the performance expectations.

The Raleigh NC green plumbing experts at Poole’s Plumbing not only have Green Certification, but they can help to steer you in the right direction to make the right choices to fit your family’s specific needs when it comes to choosing and installing the right WaterSense Products. By upgrading to these more efficient items, you will not only save, but you also are helping to save and conserve billions of gallons of water in the United States every single year. To learn more about WaterSense Products and this entire EPA partnership program, visit www3.epa.gov.

The Choice of a WaterSense Toilet is a Choice for Efficiency and Savings

Considering that the main source of water usage in the average home is the toilet, selecting the right model can make a world of difference in regards to its efficiency and as a result, the amount of water that is wasted in your household. Making the decision to have the Raleigh professional plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing install a WaterSense Toilet is not only one that is eco-friendly, but also one that can help you keep your water bill payments to a minimum. 

WaterSense ToiletsIn many homes that do not have a WaterSense Toilet, or one with an older less efficient toilet, up to 6 gallons of water can be used per flush. However, having the experts from Poole’s Plumbing assist you in the installation of a WaterSense Toilet can lead to immediate conservation of water as well as immediate savings on your water bill. According to the official website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “recent advancements have allowed toilets to use 1.28 gallons per flush or less while still providing equal or superior performance. This is 20 percent less water than the current federal standard of 1.6 gallons per flush.”

It was also explained on the EPA site that choosing a WaterSense Toilet as a replacement to your old and less efficient model can help the average American family to reduce their toilet’s usage of water by 20 to 60 percent. That averages out to a total savings of almost 13,000 gallons of water annually per home. In financial terms, this would equal out to roughly $110 save each year and $2,200 saved over the lifespan of a WaterSense Toilet. To put into perspective exactly how much water these models save, the EPA website notes that “Nationally, if all old, inefficient toilets were replaced with a Water Sense Toilet 520 billion gallons of water per year, or the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in about 12 days.

High performance and water-efficiency are both items, which go into consideration for a toilet wearing the WaterSense label. Toilets wearing the label are available in a wide assortment of prices, and styles from some of the plumbing industry’s most respect names. In addition, many utilities offer rebates and vouchers, which can lower the price of a WaterSense Toilet that is bearing the official WaterSense logo.

For more on WaterSense and the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, visit www.3.epa

,

Save Money with Simple Water Conservation in the Bathroom

Everyone would like to save on costly water and utility bills each month, and through several easy and simple checks and steps that can be done and followed for Water Conservation in the Bathroom, the professional Raleigh plumbers at Poole’s Plumbing can help you get on the path to saving.

The first area to touch upon to help with Water Conservation in the Bathroom is your shower and bathtub. To begin here, a simple check of your showerhead would be in order. Aiming the head at a one-gallon bucket and timing to see how long it takes to fill can tell you when it may be time for a replacement. If the bucket is filled in less that 20 seconds you will want to look at replacing it with a more efficient, low-flow showerhead. Not only are the low flow models great for Water Conservation in the Bathroom, they are inexpensive and easy to install, they can cut your usage by more than 500 gallons of water per week. This combined with keeping a close eye on the time you and other family members actually spend taking a shower and limiting it to 5 minutes can save on average another 1,000 gallons of water per month.

Water Conservation in the BathroomIn the bathtub there are also some very easily monitored step that can help you with Water Conservation in the Bathroom. For starters, using a plug before turning the water on as you adjust the temperature will help to avoid wasting water, as will having your very young children take a bath together rather than having to fill the tub and go through the entire process multiple times.

The toilet is an obvious spot in the bathroom where by just making sure all pieces and parts are operating correctly can get you on your desired path to Water Conservation in the Bathroom. The tank and flapper are both spots on the toilet that you want to check regularly to be sure they are functioning properly. The “food coloring” test is an easy way to be certain the tank isn’t leaking, as by putting a few drops in, you can tell it is leaking if the color seeps into the bowl. If there is a leak, it is an easy fix for the pros at Poole’s Plumbing and can conserve over 600 gallons per month. As for the flapper, checking on a consistent basis to sure it isn’t sticking will help with your Water Conservation in the Bathroom efforts. Also, if you hear a toilet flushing itself or constantly running, this also is more than likely an easily fixed leak and if not addressed could lead to wasting more than 500 gallons of water weekly. One last tip that may seem obvious, but can really help conserve is to put your tissues into the trash as opposed to flushing them down, as this also can add up with each wasted flush.

Water Conservation in the BathroomLastly, monitoring your water usage at the sink can be another simple avenue to help with Water Conservation in the Bathroom. Again, these are common sense ways to save, as by just turning the faucet off while you brush your teeth, the average family of four would conserve about 200 gallons per week. Doing the same while shaving would save around 100 gallons a week as well. Much like recommended above with the toilets, when hearing a consistent drip from the faucet, having to problem rectified in a timely manner can also lead to big savings both with water and in your wallet.

Water Conservation in the Bathroom can be easily achieved and lead to you not wasting water or money unnecessarily. The plumbing experts at Poole’s Plumbing recommend these tips to you in beginning your conservation efforts and in Part Two of our water conservation articles will remind you of more simple ways to conserve water and money throughout the rest of the house.