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WATER SAVING TRENDS FOR YOUR BATHROOM REMODEL

WATER SAVING TRENDS FOR YOUR BATHROOM REMODEL

Stem the Flow of H20

In California we have been experiencing a drought for several years. Any small way in which we can save water is beneficial.

WATERSENSE

When you are selecting new bathroom products, look for the WaterSense label. WaterSense is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program designed to encourage water efficiency in the United States through the use of a special label on consumer products.  WaterSense products are backed by independent certification that verifies performance, efficiency and specifications. By choosing water efficient faucets and showerheads, you will save money and help conserve precious resources. To find out more read WHAT IS WATERSENSE?

CONSIDER REPLACING THE TUB

There are definitely situations in which you will want to keep a tub. See our blog post WHO NEEDS A TUB? However they are water guzzlers so you may want to consider replacing your rub with a large walk in shower with a water efficient showerhead This can open up a bathroom design and feel very luxurious.

HIGH EFFICIENCY TOILETS

Conventional toilets are gravity fed and use about 1.6 gallons of water per flush. (GPF). High efficiency toilets, or HETS, are the latest toilet innovations that can use as little as 1.1 GPF, while still providing equal or superior performance.  Talk to your bathroom remodeler to see which style will work best for you.

CUT THE FLOW

A lot of water goes down the drain while we are waiting for the shower to heat up. A simple thermostat gadget called Showerstart TSV by Evolve Technologies can save gallons of water. It is installed onto your showerhead and allows the water to run until it reaches 95 degrees, at which point it cuts the flow to a trickle, thus saving hot water until you are ready. Once you get in, there is a tab that you pull to resume full flow and enjoy your shower.

FAUCET FEATURES

Did you know that simply turning off your tap when brushing your teeth can save as much as 3,000 gallons of water per year? Add water efficient faucets and you can make even greater savings. Ask your plumbing contractor which faucets he recommends for durability and water savings. In California, new regulations were introduced in 2016 stipulating that residential faucets cannot exceed 1.2 gallons per minute flow rate.

By Jane Noble