The many benefits of water efficiency upgrades

February 25, 2015

Water conservation is more important for your household and your community than ever. Here's why.

Saving water hasn't historically been a big concern for California homeowners -- we tend to worry more about shaky ground for some reason. We may turn off the faucet when brushing our teeth and try not to take long showers, but the benefits of these small lifestyle changes are hard to measure. And for many years, the focus on conserving our natural resources was a topic considered more important on the municipal or state level, but less important in our day-to-day lives. Well that has all changed with the crippling drought across California. The serious impacts of the dwindling water supply have become an important issue to all residents. Many homeowners are taking responsibility for their water usage and improving their water efficiency as they make other upgrades to their home. And while many have taken these steps as part of a greater good of helping the cause, they are reaping the rewards of more water efficient homes.

The benefits of water efficiency

The benefits of making your home and property more water-efficient can have a huge impact on your home, community and wallet. Whether you are interested in small upgrades, or installing a larger water-saving system, we can support you with the financing to make your dream home a reality.

1. Save water, save money

It takes a lot of energy to deliver and treat the water you use every day. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average family spends $1,100 per year in water costs, but can save $350 from retrofitting with more efficient fixtures and appliances. Heating water for bathing, shaving, cooking, and cleaning also requires a lot of energy. Most homeowners don't realize that electric water heaters alone can make up one-quarter of their electric bill just to heat water. When we use less water, we reduce the need for costly investments in water treatment and delivery systems.

2. Raise your property value

As a property owner, making water efficiency upgrades can raise the market value of your home, building, or property. A more efficient system uses far less energy, meaning lower operating costs and a more comfortable home. Water efficiency can also affect the real value of your home. Reduced water delivery costs, environmental sustainability, and better quality of living spaces make your home more attractive to tenants and buyers. You will also benefit from a more productive property that requires less ongoing maintenance.

3. Contribute to the community during droughts

The agriculture that is at the heart of many regional economies in California was significantly affected by the water shortage. We have seen communities across our state come together to support each other during this drought. By conserving water at home (and therefore minimizing your impact on the water supply), our farmers have access to more water to keep their crops and livestock thriving. Efficient water usage and conservation ensures our communities and economy aren't negatively affected by droughts or shortages in the future.

4. Ease environmental impact

Water shortages have severe consequences for our environment. Effects like reduced river flows, falling lake and groundwater levels, and disappearing wetlands all have a destructive effect on the natural systems that our state relies on for resources. It may seem insignificant to save water as a homeowner, but every water efficiency effort compounds over time, generating a significant and positive effect on the environment of our beautiful state. Using water efficiently and avoiding waste is necessary to ensure water availability in the future. In order to protect our water supply, everyone can practice conservation. CaliforniaFirst financing offers potential savings on various indoor and outdoor water efficiency products, including:

  • Artificial Turf
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Greywater Systems
  • High-Efficiency Faucet Fitting
  • High-Efficiency Showerhead
  • Hot Water Delivery Systems
  • Permeable Ground Cover
  • Rainwater Catchment Systems
  • Toilets
  • Weather-Based Irrigation Control Systems

You can read more on energy efficiency products that qualify for CaliforniaFIRST financing here (pdf). Visit us at www.californiafirst.org or call us today at 844) 589-7953 for more information on what water and energy saving products are eligible for financing.