This holiday season, if you happen to be getting anyone on your list a new appliance, don’t forget to think about water (and energy) efficiency. Appliances that have the Energy Star label or WaterSense label are better choices, simply because you know that they will retain their water an/or energy efficiency over the lifespan of the appliance. So, it’s kinda like the gift that keeps on giving!
The City’s water conservation program has a rebate for the purchase of new efficient clothes washers, if they meet the program criteria, which is pretty easy. Find out about the rebate here.
New, efficient washers are a good investment, as they account for 22% of the water use inside our homes. By replacing older models with new, front-loading efficient washers, water use can be reduced by 15 – 40%, depending on how old your previous washer is. Energy Star labeled washers use 20% less energy, 35% less water, and have larger wash tubs, which means fewer loads and less detergent use.
There’s rebates for efficient toilets too! That’s a really water smart gift, because, not only does a new toilet save water, it can also help reduce water water charges…so it saves year-round! The rebate details can be found by following this link. To qualify, the new toilet(s) must be WaterSense labeled (very easy to find!) and your house must have been built before 2006.
Toilets are the largest water-using fixture inside a property; by replacing old, inefficient toilets with more efficient 1.28 gallon per flush (or less!), commodes, you can save up to 4,000 thousand gallons of water per toilet, per year! That’s amazing!