txH2O highlight: Home sweet home

Did you know that Texas A&M AgriLife opened the first WaterSense-labeled house in the Dallas-Fort Worth region? We spotlighted the home in our Fall 2013 issue of txH2O and you will find it on page 12 in the issue’s pdf.

According to the article, Dallas AgriLife staff started a major overhaul of the home in 2012. They replaced fixtures and appliances, installed efficient hot water and irrigation systems, and landscaped the yard to be water-efficient. Their goal was two-fold: to earn certification from WaterSense, a nationwide program established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and to make the home an appealing and convincing demonstration site where consumers would visit and learn about water conservation.

A WaterSense-labeled new home, compared to a traditional home, can save a family of four as much as 50,000 gallons of water annually. That’s enough water to wash 2,000 loads of laundry.

Read the full article (page 12) and visit the Texas A&M AgriLife Center at Dallas website to find out more the house and the center’s other urban water resources work.

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