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Federal Legislation Could Help You with Water Conservation

08/25/15

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Water bills are poised to rise in many parts of the nation, a product of increasingly scarce resources thanks to persistent droughts in the Western United States. One way to avoid flushing too much money away in your household plumbing is to increase your efficiency when it comes to water consumption. Fortunately, you don’t have to stand alone – Congress is currently considering legislation to improve the Title I Home and Property Improvement Loan Program, which helps consumers make efficiency and other upgrades to their homes. The legislation could make it easier for homeowners to invest in new greywater systems to reuse some of their household water. Read on to learn more about this legislation and how it can help you.

Upgrading Your Household Plumbing Efficiency

The Title I home loan program has been around since 1934, designed to help homeowners with capital for home improvement upgrades. Currently, Title I is working in conjunction with the Federal Housing Authority's Power Saver program, which aims to promote clean energy and fight climate change. Home water and energy efficiency upgrades, therefore, are a natural fit for the program.

The legislation currently in front of Congress, called the “Solar and Water Efficient Homes Act,” would update the Title I guidelines to better accommodate modern technologies. It would also raise the ceiling on loans available to homeowners and remove much of the bureaucratic red tape that has made the program difficult for some participants in the past.

Recycle Greywater for Savings and Efficiency

It can be prohibitively expensive for some homeowners to upgrade their homes, so the Title I program provides the capital to make improvements that enable homeowners to experience water and energy savings right away. Eligible applicants can get loans of up to $25,000 to make a variety of efficiency upgrades, including installing new greywater systems which capture used water from your shower, washing machine and bathroom sink and recycle it to be used for irrigation and to flush the toilet. The program also allows for other energy efficiency upgrades, such as solar panels, new HVAC equipment and improved home insulation.

“Title I loans have helped hundreds of thousands of homeowners improve their homes,” Rep. Jared Huffman (D-California), one of the bill's sponsors, said in a press release. “It’s time we make it easier for homeowners to invest in energy efficiency upgrades and improve water conservation, creating good local jobs, and helping the environment.” The legislation also hopes to spur job creation by encouraging people to spend more on home services and equipment.

Efficiency Arrives at Your Drain

When it's time to boost your home efficiency, Title I can lend a big helping hand – and if Congress passes the Solar and Water Efficient Homes Act, the incentives will be even stronger. If you want to learn more about the Title I loan program, or need any repairs or upgrades on your existing household plumbing, contact a qualified plumber today.



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