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 Bathroom

 

Shower
According to EPA, the average household could save more than 2,300 gallons per year by installing WaterSense labeled showerheads.

  • In addition to saving water, you save energy by reducing the demand on your water heater.
  • Standard showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm).
  • A new 1.5 GPM (low-flow) shower head uses about 15 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower.
  • The switch can save up to $145 per year in electricity for water heating.

You can save even more by encouraging family members to conserve water by keeping their showers short.

Sink
Hot water leaking at the rate of one drip per second can waste up to 1,661 gallons of water over the course of a year and up to $35 in water heating costs. Fixing drips is an easy way to save energy.
  • Replacing standard bathroom sink faucets and aerators with models featuring the EPA's WaterSense label can save the average household over 7,665 gallons of water each year.
  • You will also save on heating that water which translates to about $82 per year for an electric water heater and $59 per year for a gas water heater. 
Use the WaterSense calculator to estimate how much water you can save by installing WaterSense labeled products in your home.
 
 

 Make the Drops-to-Watts Connection

 

​Saving water saves energy.

  • It takes a considerable amount of energy to deliver and treat the water you use every day.
  • According to EPA letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours!
  • One of the simplest ways to save both water and energy is to install water-efficient products.
  • EPA WaterSense labeled products not only save water, but can help reduce your energy bills. 
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 Vent Fan

 
Install a properly-sized ENERGY STAR-qualified ventilation fan to control the moisture in the air while you shower and bathe and prevent mold and mildew growth.
  • Run your fan 15 minutes following your shower.
  • The drier air also will increase the life of your energy-efficient light bulbs.
ENERGY STAR-qualified ventilation fans use 60 percent less energy on average than standard models, saving more than $60 in electricity over the life of the fan.
 

 ​Bathroom Lighting

 
The bathroom vanity is another one of your home's high-use light fixtures.
  • Switch the bulbs or the fixture itself to ENERGY STAR- qualified models.
  • Many people are confused about which CFL to use in bathroom fixtures.
  • Check the ENERGY STAR CFL light guide for help in choosing the right CFL for your lighting application.
This program receives funding from the US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program. 

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