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Making your bathroom more efficient
Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The bathroom can often be one of the most wasteful spaces in the home. In fact, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), letting the bathroom faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours.

While those embarking on bathroom renovation projects are often thinking about aesthetics first by choosing a beautiful, stylish bathroom vanity to serve as the focal point of their space, experts say choosing faucets with the WaterSense approval will help them create a more efficient bathroom as well.

Items that feature the EPA's WaterSense label are designed to help to save water without compromising flow. In addition to faucets, showerheads and toilets can also be WaterSense-labeled.

By installing these items as part of a bathroom update or renovation, an average household can save more than 500 gallons of water each year. Also, since these water savings will reduce demands on water heaters, households will also save energy. The EPA estimates that, in total, most households can save about $60 each year by installing more efficient faucets.




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