Save Water, Save Money with WaterSense Labeled Products

Article Posted By: Home Depot Staff

Water bills around the country continue to rise.  Every time you get that water bill, you start to notice it going up and up.  You also start to notice how often the spouse waters the garden or lawn, how many times this one leaves the water running while they get a glass or wash their hands or how long they take in the shower.

All of that really seems to add up quickly, right?  All of that wasteful water usage does add up, but there is a water hog in your home that  many people don’t think about when they start trying to reduce their water bills…the toilet!

30% or more of the water that is used in your home is from flushing your toilets. Amazing, isn’t it?

Your toilet is the single largest user of water in your home.  Replacing your old toilet with a new toilet labeled by the EPA’s WaterSense® program can allow you to conserve or reduce your water consumption by 20%!  If you have an older toilet that was made before 1994, a new WaterSense® toilet can reduce your water usage by 60% or more!

Most of us think, well, I need a plumber to do that for me, right?  Changing out your old toilet is much easier than you think!  Now if you have never changed out a toilet before, it is very easy but it will take some time.  Here are the project guides that you will need to help you through and help you to stop flushing hard-earned money down the drain:

How-to Guide: Removing Your Old Toilet (Printable guide and video)
How-to Guide: Installing Your New WaterSense Toilet (Printable guide and video)

Now that you have an idea as to just how easy it is to start saving  money with a new WaterSense® toilet, let’s help you find the right one for your bathroom.  Here is some great info to get you started:

What is the WaterSense® label?
WaterSense is an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) program that makes it easy to find and select true water efficient products and ensures that you can have confidence in those products with the WaterSense® label backed by third party, independent, testing and certification. Certifying organizations help maintain the WaterSense integrity and credibility by verifying and testing products regularly.

So what does the WaterSense® label really mean for you?
It means that the toilets, showerheads, faucets and accessories that earn the WaterSense® label meet the following guidelines:

  • The product performs as well or better than their less efficient counterparts.
  • The faucet, toilet or other WaterSense labeled product is at least 20% more water efficient than average products in that category.
  • The product helps to realize water savings on a national level.
  • The product provides measurable water savings results.
  • The product achieves water efficiency through several technology options.
  • The product and manufacturer obtains independent, third-party certification and verification of the above criteria.

So how do I choose the right WaterSense® toilet?
Ok, I know, homedepot.com has an extensive selection of WaterSense® toilets to choose from.  There are two-piece toilets,  one-piece toilets and I could go on.

Well you can relax because we made it easy for you to find the toilet that you need by creating an easy to understand toilet buying guide.  Check out this guide to help you understand everything you need to know before you take the plunge!  Sorry, I couldn’t resist! =)

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