The first products from this program to hit the shelves at Do it Best stores will be high-efficiency toilets
and lavatory faucets.
For instance, California recently passed a law mandating that by 2014 only high-efficiency toilets and urinals will be available for sale and installation; Georgia has similar legislation in the works.
Cutting that in half with today's high-efficiency toilets at 1.28 gallons per flush can produce significant savings in a large building.
Eligible Measures for PACE Financing TYPE EQUIPMENT Energy Efficiency Energy management systems Insulation and air sealing HVAC Boilers and furnaces Lighting Energy recovery and redistribution systems Motors and drives Water Efficiency Greywater systems High-efficiency toilets
Waterless urinals Renewable Energy Solar hot water Solar photovoltaics SOURCE: DOE, COMMERCIAL PROPERTY ASSESSED CLEAN ENERGY (PACE) PRIMER Number of Projects by Project Dollar Amount (2009-Aug.
To save even more water, check out high-efficiency toilets
. These models use 20 percent less water than the 1.6-gpf competition.
Consider installing low-flow plumbing fixtures, faucet aerators, and high-efficiency toilets
, washing machines, and dishwashers to save on water use.
If you already have high-efficiency toilets
and are receiving clogging complaints, consider a small tweak that will preserve most of your low-flow savings, Carter recommends.
After upgrading its restroom fixtures with high-efficiency toilets
, showerheads, and faucet aerators, a San Antonio, TX, hotel is saving 7 million gallons of water and $35,000 in water and sewer bills each year, notes the EPA.
These high-efficiency toilets
can successfully flush 1,000 grams (2.2 pounds) of waste while using a water-saving 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf).