Stimulus At a Glance – Remodeling MagazineBy
A question. Upon reviewing Remodeling Magazine’s comprehensive report of remodeling-related stimulus payouts and tax credits for energy-related improvements, Professor Toilet can’t help but notice that water efficiency efforts do not qualify (but biomass stoves do?!).
True, your water costs don’t seem as high as your energy costs. According to American Standard’s Water Saving Calculator, the average home would save about $400 a year replacing toilets and faucets with WaterSense-labeled versions, and replacing showerheads with 1.5 gallon-per-minute models such as FloWise.
But water costs also impact communities–through taxes needed to build and maintain treatment facilities. Not to mention the real possibility of running out of water (see Orme, TN, fall 2007).
While the federal government might not yet have religion on water savings, many local municipalities offer generous rebates for upgrading to water efficient fixtures. Professor Toilet will wait patiently–maybe–for the Feds to catch up.