New online tools have been released by the United States Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). The tools will help agencies, businesses, and homeowners locate water efficient products.
The product list includes WaterSense-labeled showerheads, toilets, faucets, pool pumps, and urinals that reduce water use and/or recirculate water.
The list can be accessed via a search tool, along with a case studies map. The case studies map allows the user to see the technical information on a product, which is geared toward federal agencies using the tool. The main purpose of these online tools is to provide a database to aid federal officials in making informed decisions about the products they use in their facilities. It will help them meet their needs in a way that also satisfies sustainability goals and mandates.
Programs dedicated to reducing water waste often give tips on saving water in addition to recommending products for commercial and home use. According to Environment Magazine, the most effective ways to save indoors are by installing low-flow toilets, using a high-efficiency washer, reducing shower time to about five minutes, washing only full loads of laundry, and reducing toilet flushes by around 25%.
The search option will allow these agencies to see consolidated information on each water-efficient and energy-efficient product. They can search by topic and/or the efficiency program, such as Energy Star, FEMP Designated, and WaterSense, among others. The descriptions of each product show the energy conservation measures, relevant resources and tools, training, federal laws and requirements, and more.
In addition to the information on each product, the website will also provide case studies, with examples of real-world applications. This allows agencies to see how each product will really work within their facility.
These new tools will further help in a nationwide effort to become more water- and energy-efficient. FEMP also released a guide on creating a water management plan for homeowners and business owners.
Their plan includes seven steps: creating goals, assessing current water use, developing a water balance, assessing the economics and efficiency options available, creating a plan, assessing progress, and having a contingency plan.