By Emily AndersonMore in Home Improvement
WaterSense vanity faucet
Phillips and regular screwdrivers
Accessories: towel rack, towel ring, paper holder, robe hooks
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.
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.
1. Install wall-hung vanity to free up floor space.
TIP: Anchor vanity to bottom rear stringer.
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.
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.
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.