Conservation Pays

June 2016

Efficient Fixtures Work!

A recent study found that indoor household water use in the United States decreased 22 percent between 1999 and 2016. And, indoor water use could drop another 35 percent or more if all homes installed the most water-efficient fixtures and appliances on the market!

The decline in water use — 177 gallons per household per day to 138 gallons — is not due to a significant change in behavior. The reason households are using less water: better equipment.

The study found that three-quarters of the 22 percent decline came from just two sources: toilets and clothes washers. What’s more, toilets account for more water use than any other fixture.

More savings are possible. Less than half the homes had the most efficient clothes washer or toilet. Efficient showerheads, on the other hand, are in much wider use, with 80 percent of homes adopting them.

As the study shows, U.S. households still have a long way to go in the pursuit of water efficiency.  Read the complete story here.

Commercial businesses, homeowners associations, and nonprofits are eligible for rebates. You can get involved and make the switch to WaterSense labeled products and fixtures in your home or business today! And, you might be eligible for a $100 rebate for each toilet you replace. Visit for details.

Switching to a WaterSense labeled toilet could save a business nearly $10,000 a Year!

Flushometer-valve toilets are usually found in places like airports, theaters, stadiums, schools, and office buildings.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that about 26 percent of all valve toilets currently flush at volumes higher than the 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) federal standard—some used as much as 7.0 gpf!

SMART FLUSHING EPA’s specification sets the maximum flush volume for WaterSense labeled flushometer-valve toilets at 1.28 gpf, or 20 percent less water than the federal standard. WaterSense has also incorporated a minimum flush volume of 1.0 gpf to ensure plumbing systems have adequate flow to function effectively. Facility managers should consult a plumbing engineer if they have questions about using WaterSense labeled flushometer-valve toilets in their building.

By replacing old, inefficient flushometer-valve toilets with WaterSense labeled models, a 10-story office building with 1,000 occupants can save nearly 1.2 million gallons of water and more than $10,000 in water costs each year. Get the complete story here​.​​​

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