In light of our current understanding of fossil fuel dependency, we often hear folks discuss the efficiency of the heating and cooling options for their homes. Whether this interest is sparked by financial motivators or the strong influence of the U.S. Department of Energy (and its new 19 energy-efficient rulings for 2015), we are not entirely sure. What we do know, is that people are more invested in the functioning of their home’s infrastructure. People seem engaged in the savings, both from a financial standpoint as well as being environmentally conscientious.
Where J & R Herra is enthused about these HVAC energy improvements, we are equally passionate about the energy-efficient advancements in the plumbing industry. Sadly, efficiency is often overlooked in the plumbing arena, and we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some incredible milestones and options to address the ever-important water sustainability solution.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), did you know that the United States could save 3 trillion gallons of water, and over $17 billion dollars a year, if every home replaced/exchanged their current plumbing units/fixtures to WaterSense products? That’s just the households. Imagine the savings if commercial and government buildings alike, made that transition as well! Did you know that the city of Denver, Colorado reduced its water use to a forty year low (back in 2014) by replacing 3,200 toilets in their public school buildings? This savings has inspired them to replace 6,800 more by the year 2018. Their forward thinking is not only environmentally friendly, but it’s fiscally responsible as well.
But what does this mean for you, the average homeowner? How can you see specific savings thanks to a few adjustments in the plumbing products of your home? Since we’re talking toilets, let’s take a look at the commode costs of your household. Traditional toilets can often use over 3.5 gallons of water per flush. Newer, WaterSense toilets function with a 1.25 gallon per flush efficiency rate. That means, by simply replacing your older, inefficient potties, your family would be reducing its water use by 20 to 60 percent. You alone would be saving the planet 13,000 gallons of water per year, as well as putting an additional $110 in water cost savings back in your wallet. In case you’re wondering, that is nearly $2,200 in savings over the lifetime of your household’s toilet usage. Clearly, with numbers like those, it is evident why J & R Herra, Inc. would like to bring WaterSense savings into your home.
J & R Herra prides itself on being industry leaders in WaterSense product lines. We can find units/fixtures that bring an updated look to your space, save you money, and save the environment at the same time. In addition to utilizing our expertise, you also might be interested to research the EPA website, as they have provided a database that helps search new and existing toilets, urinals, faucets, shower heads, irrigation systems, and spray valves that meet the rigorous WaterSense criteria. Their site also helps highlight and navigate through potential rebate opportunities that often exist when energy efficiency is a prioritized variable in a project.
Whether you are doing a quick replacement, a room remodel or building a new house, our J & R Herra plumbing team would love to answer your questions and find a WaterSense product line that meets your specific needs. Looking for the WaterSense label is worth considering; we would be honored to help you make that cost and energy efficient transition.