New homes can help homeowners save on water use and utility bills
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the first WaterSense-labeled homes in the country. WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by EPA that seeks to protect the future of the nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water.
The program is helping homebuyers cut their water and energy use while saving money on utility bills. Four WaterSense-labeled new homes have been built by KB Home in Roseville, Calif., and will help families save an average of 10,000 gal of water and at least $100 on utility costs each year.
“To meet the environmental and economic needs of homes and communities, it’s important that we’re doing everything we can to conserve water and energy and shrink costs for American consumers,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “The construction of the first WaterSense-labeled homes, and the plans to build more, mark the beginning of an innovative approach that gives homeowners the chance to cut their water and energy bills and protect a vital environmental resource.”
Since signing on as the first national builder to partner with WaterSense, KB Home has agreed to build three communities of homes that will earn the WaterSense label, and will be the first in the nation to meet WaterSense criteria for newly built homes. Each house includes WaterSense-labeled plumbing fixtures, an efficient hot water delivery system, water-efficient landscape design and other water- and energy-efficient features.
Each WaterSense-labeled new home is independently inspected and certified to ensure EPA’s criteria are met for both water efficiency and performance. A WaterSense-labeled new home is built to use about 20% less water than a typical new home.
EPA estimates that if the approximately 500,000 new homes built last year had met WaterSense criteria, the homes would save Americans 5 billion gal of water and more than $50 million in utility bills annually.