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Best Ways to Save Water in the Bathroom

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The bathroom is where you bathe, shower, shave, use the toilet and wash up before meals. With so much water going down the drain every day, it makes sense to be smart about conservation. Changes don’t have to be extreme. Every little bit can add up to big savings.

Target the toilet

The toilet is the biggest water user by far in the house, so it should be your first target for efficiency improvements:

  • Install a low-flow toilet to reduce the volume of water used for flushing.

  • Make sure the toilet is not leaking.

  • Avoid using the toilet as a wastebasket.

Conserve at the sink

Bathroom faucets offer some of the easiest and most affordable opportunities for saving water:

  • Turn off the faucet and use cold water while brushing your teeth.

  • If you shave, start by filling the sink basin with water, versus keeping the water running.

  • Install a faucet aerator that mixes air with tap water to reduce water waste; the aerator is the screw-on tip of the faucet.

  • Change washers on leaky faucets, which can waste gallons of water.

Enjoy a refreshingly efficient shower

A low-flow showerhead is the way to go for water savings. This change alone can achieve water savings of 25%-60%*, depending on how many you install in your home. The technology has come a long way, and there are now many options available that allow you to save water without sacrificing a refreshing shower experience. Two other easy steps you can take to boost water efficiency are:

  • Take a warm shower, instead of a hot one.

  • Try to spend no more than seven minutes showering.

Save water when bathing

Simple changes in your bathing routine can result in significant water savings:

  • Avoid overfilling the bathtub.

  • Plug the tub before turning the faucet, and get the temperature where you want it as the tub fills.

  • If you’re buying a new bathtub, look for a model with an inline water heater, so you’re not tempted to turn the faucet back on when the water gets cool.

Qualifier: *energy.gov statistics

 

 

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