Friday, June 1, 2012

Project Home: Saving Water and Energy

From the toilet and faucet to the showerhead and lighting, the bathroom is one giant chance to save water, energy and money. The easiest way to conserve in the bathroom is through your faucet, tub and shower fixtures, and toilet.

Treating and delivering our daily water uses a sizeable amount of energy. For example, according to the EPA, running your faucet for five minutes uses about as much energy as running a 60-watt light bulb for 14 hours.

The plumbing industry's efficiency standard (equivalent to electricity's better-known ENERGY STAR program) is WaterSense. In order to earn the WaterSense seal, faucets and fixtures must, among other things:

- Perform as well or better than their less-efficient

 Be 20 percent more water efficient than average products in that category

Realize water savings on a national level

For as few as 0.5 gallons per minute (gpm), like Kohler's touchless bathroom faucet, you could round out your bathroom with water-conserving faucets. In fact, touchless faucets are finding their way into more residential bathrooms.

The shower is another potential water waster (accounting for 17 percent of all indoor water use), and it can also be a site of extreme water savings. Look for showerheads with flow rates that don't exceed 2.5 gpm.
American Standard's eco-friendly showerheads have a flow rate of 1.5 gpm or less. And Hansgrohe's EcoAIR handshower uses something called AIR-injection technology, making its flow rate of 1.6 gpm feel more like 2.5 gpm. 

Water-efficient toilets are becoming the standard in residential and commercial applications. For instance, all American Standard toilets feature a gallons-per-flush (gpf) measurement of 1.6 or less, and its H2Option dual flush fixture uses a measly 0.9 gpf.

If you don't want to continue saving energy and money, then go ahead and run those feeble bathroom lights and rattling bath fan until they burn a hole in your wallet. Or you could replace them with ultra-efficient ENERGY STAR-rated fixtures.

Bathroom lighting with the ENERGY STAR label is certified as being very efficient and brighter than ever while using less energy. To find the right lighting for your unique bathroom, check back with the first installment of The Bathroom Trilogy. Bathroom ventilation can be the difference between a healthy environment and one that's ripe for mold. ENERGY STAR-rated bath fans clear the air and use less energy. To find just the right bathroom fan, we've created a calculator here. 

Written by Sean Murphy@Red Bluff Daily News

1 comment:

  1. The area where water is wasted most is our sweet home only. Due to carelessness and small ignorance of us plenty of water goes in the drain. We all must be aware of the importance of water in our lives, so everyone should take pledge to save water and avoid its wastage.