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WaterSense Labeled Products Save Americans Nearly $9 Billion

Consumers who invested in WaterSense labeled products have saved a total of $8.9 billion in water and energy bills and 487 billion gallons of water since the program's inception in 2006. That's the amount of water needed to supply all the homes in Colorado and Arizona for a whole year! In 2012 alone, WaterSense labeled products helped save more than 202 billion gallons of water.

By the end of 2012, nearly 8,600 different models of WaterSense labeled toilets, faucets, faucet accessories, showerheads, flushing urinals, and weather-based irrigation controllers were on the market. In addition to water savings, these products have helped consumers save 64.7 billion kilowatt hours of electricity needed to heat, pump, and treat water, or the amount of electricity needed to power 6.1 million homes for a year. Saving that amount of energy helps eliminate 24 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions—the equivalent of planting nearly 606 million trees.

These savings would not be possible without the more than 2,700 WaterSense partners, including utilities, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, builders, and irrigation professionals who have joined with EPA to help promote the WaterSense label and spread the word about the importance of water efficiency.

Builder partners, in particular, had built 221 WaterSense labeled new homes by the end of 2012. With these single-family homes saving as much as 50,000 gallons of water per year and $600 annually on utility bills compared to traditional homes, consumers who invested in a WaterSense labeled home have saved a combined 11 million gallons of water per year. Starting in 2012, multi-family units can now earn the WaterSense label as well, so apartment and condominium owners and renters can get in on the savings.

To keep spreading the word about water efficiency, WaterSense had nearly 10,000 Facebook fans and Twitter followers by the end of 2012. Hosting its first Fix a Leak Week "Twitter party" on March 12, 2012, WaterSense saw #fixaleak trend second in the United States, and #fixaleak was tweeted by WaterSense and its partners more than 1,000 times.

Learn more about WaterSense's milestones.



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