Since the program’s inception, WaterSense labeled products have helped consumers save $8.9 billion in water and energy bills and 487 billion gallons of water, or the amount of water used by all of the residents of Colorado and Arizona in a year.
More than 2,700 water utilities, organizations, manufacturers, retailers, distributors, builders, and irrigation professionals have joined with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote WaterSense labeled products, programs, and new homes since the program was launched in 2006. Since then, more than 8,600 different models of toilets, faucets, showerheads, flushing urinals, and weather-based irrigation controllers have been independently certified for performance and efficiency to earn the WaterSense label.
WaterSense labeled homes also continue to gain popularity across the country; by December 2012, more than 220 single-family new homes had earned the label. Units in multi-family buildings, the fastest-growing area of residential construction, also became eligible to earn the WaterSense label last year.
In addition to water savings, since 2006 WaterSense labeled products have helped reduce the amount of energy needed to heat, pump, and treat water by 64.7 billion kilowatt hours, equivalent to the amount it takes to power more than 6.1 million homes for a whole year. This energy reduction eliminates 24 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions—the equivalent of planting nearly 606 million trees.