Name: Pulte Water Smart Homes, Las Vegas Size: 1,4871,960 square feet Purchase Price: $190,000$230,000 Completed: 20102011 HERS Rating: 4346 Builder: Pulte Homes of Nevada
The PCC900i with Solar Sync is one of two systems used in the Las Vegas study to help conserve landscape water. The professional-grade control unit from Hunter Industries is economical and easy to set up and can be quickly reprogrammed on site. An optional wired or wireless Solar Sync unit measures rainfall, sunlight, and air temperature and includes an evapotranspiration (ET) sensor to monitor ambient humidity and signal when watering is needed. 760.591.7383. www.hunterindustries.com.
Sterling Rockton toilets are WaterSense-approved, certifying that they use at least 20% less water than standard 1.6-gpf toilets while still meeting strict performance guidelines. A geometric tank design provides contemporary styling. 800.783.7546. www.sterlingplumbing.com.
GE front-loading, horizontal-axis clothes washers (model WCVH6800) in the Las Vegas homes include Adaptive Logic software that tracks data such as water pressure and consumer laundry habits, then uses this data to calculate wash-cycle times. Data changes due to fluctuations in water pressure or electrical supply, or even moving to a new home, prompt the system to adapt to its new environment within 10 cycles. All three appliances are Energy Star certified. 800.626.2005. www.geappliances.com.
Dishwashers (models PDWT380R or GSD3300) have SmartDispense sensors that determine how much detergent is needed based on water hardness settings, and dispense an exact amount required for each loads pre-wash and main wash cycles. All three appliances are Energy Star certified. 800.626.2005. www.geappliances.com.