First Tricked Out WaterSense Certified house in the United States

What if EPA had a show like MTV Cribs to showcase WaterSense certified homes? Here is my sample promo… (cool announcer voice)

Tired of watching the water just drain away in your house in those inefficient fixtures? Get ready to pry. EPA’s Cribs will be snooping on everyone saving water this season. Get ready to be jealous.

Tricked out toilets. Check. Over-the-top faucets. Check. Huge underground cisterns. Check.

This is an all-access pass inside their homes, just like you always dreamed about! 

Well, until this happens; Did you know the first WaterSense certified house in the United States was recently completed and is located just south of Chapel Hill, North Carolina? 

The 2,560-square-foot model home includes low-flow faucets, dual-flush toilets, insulated hot water lines and a recirculating hot water system. The house also has a 1,700-gallon underground cistern to store water collected from the yard and roof to use for irrigation. WaterSense guidelines are designed to use about 20 percent less water than a conventional house.

According to articles, the base price for a water-efficient home of this design is $319,900 and prices range from $260,000 to about $450,000. The basic water-efficiency features in the WaterSense program are said to add about $3,000 to $5,000 to the cost, depending on the size of the home,

“We wanted to encourage Americans to no longer take water for granted. The home you see today in the future for our nation. We want more homes built like this one.”
-Stephen L. Johnson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

A 20 percent more water efficient home means that homeowners can reduce their water usage about 10,000 gallons of water a year and save on their power bills.