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Water-Saving Bathroom Update

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Tools & Materials

WaterSense toilet
WaterSense vanity faucet
High-efficiency showerhead
Adjustable wrench
Channel Locks
Measuring tape
Basin wrench
Pipe wrench
Putty knife
Power drill
Tubing cutter
Phillips and regular screwdrivers
Accessories: towel rack, towel ring, paper holder, robe hooks

Tips to Start Saving Water

TIP: When updating bathroom, make choices that save water.

TIP: Bathrooms use more than half of household water.

1. Use online tool to calculate water and money you could save with high-efficiency fixtures.

TIP: Water-efficient fixtures could save up to 33,000 gallons of water per year.

Upgrade Your Toilet

1. Upgrade to WaterSense-certified toilet.

TIP: WaterSense is partnership with EPA, which identifies products using water more efficiently without loss of performance.

TIP: Toilet uses most water: 26.7%; WaterSense toilet could save 4,000 gallons per year.

TIP: For a family of four, 3.5-gallon toilet uses over 23,000 gallons of water per year; 1.6-gallong toilet uses nearly 11,000; 1.28-gallon, WaterSense toilet uses less than 9,000 gallons.

TIP Family of four flushes 20 times per day or 7,300 times per year.

TIP: Some new toilets can be installed without tools.

Install a Wall-Hung Vanity

1. Install wall-hung vanity to free up floor space.

TIP: Anchor vanity to bottom rear stringer.

Upgrade Your Faucet

1. Upgrade vanity faucet to WaterSense model; could save 500 gallons per year.

TIP: Faucets use 15.7% of household water.

TIP: Pre-assembled drain will make installation easier, not as many parts to install; no need for special tools or plumber’s putty

2. Caulk seam between vanity and wall to prevent water damage.

Upgrade Your Showerhead

1. Upgrade to high-efficiency showerhead.

TIP: Showers use 2.5 gallons of water per minute.

TIP: Upgrading to low-flo showerhead could cut water usage by 40% and save more than 300 ten-minute showers per year with no loss of performance.

Upgrade Your Accessories

1. Upgrade accessories: towel bars and rings, robe hooks, paper holder.

TIP: Anchor accessories to wall studs or cross braes; on tile or drywall, use tile anchors and screws.