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
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.
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 @Red Bluff Daily News