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.


Bathroom Water Conservation Tips So You Don’t “Flush” Away Funds

In this, the first of a three part series, the most trusted name in Raleigh area professional plumbing, Poole’s Plumbing will offer you some handy tips to help you save money and stop being wasteful with your water as the following easy Bathroom Water Conservation Tips are simple and easy ways to be more mindful of your usage.

Bathroom Water Conservation Tips

Toilet Tips

 While some may not think of it, the toilet makes up for a large amount of the water usage in the average family home. Several Bathroom Water Conservation Tips to help in not being wasteful regarding your toilet are simply monitoring and making sure it is running properly. To begin with, installing a low volume toilet is an obvious way to conserve water. Also, if your toilet is a very old model (installed before 1980) putting a bottle filled with water or a toilet dam, while always staying weary that either is not interfering with the operation of any other parts, will cut down on water used per flush.

Another example of simple monitoring among our Bathroom Water Conservation Tips is to regularly check to make sure that your toilet flapper to be sure it isn’t sticking open after a flush will keep the toilet from running unnecessarily. Listening for leaks or continuous running water from the toilet is an obvious but helpful way to utilize these Bathroom Water Conservation Tips, as is putting tissue into the garbage as opposed to flushing it down. Putting a few drops of food coloring in the tank will help you check for leaks. If you see the coloring in the bowl, this would mean you do have a leak and with an easy fix, literally hundreds of gallons of water each month can be saved.

Shower Savings

Continuing across the bathroom with our Bathroom Water Saving Tips, the shower can be a major cause of wasteful usage if not monitored closely. Cutting down your time in the shower to five minutes or less can save in the neighborhood of 1,000 gallons of water monthly. Another way you can personally check your shower and start conserving is to use a one gallon bucket and time how long it takes your shower to fill it. If it fills the bucket in less than twenty seconds, you can cut costs and wasted water by switching to a more efficient showerhead. By installing a low-flow showerhead, you will have an inexpensive and easy switch that can on average see the average family conserve over 500 gallons of water per week.

Faucet Flow

 Lastly on our list of Bathroom Water Conservation Tips is how you can cut back while using the sink and faucets. In many cases, such as while shaving or brushing your teeth, several hundreds of gallons of water can be conserved each week by simply turning the water off while doing each of these things. Much like the earlier inclusion of our Bathroom Water Conservation Tips from the section on toilets, regularly checking for leaks in all of your faucets can help you identify and fix a problem before it becomes a far more costly one.

Bathroom Water Conservation Tips

By following these simple and easy household Bathroom Water Conservation Tips, you can save yourself on unnecessary high water bills and in doing so, conserve water as well. The next in the series of helpful conservation tips from the Raleigh plumbing experts at Poole’s Plumbing will move into the kitchen and assist you with several other cost and waste saving advice that can be achieved around the house.


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