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High Efficiency Bathrooms

Did you know that the bulk of your home's water is used in the bathroom?

According to Environment Canada, the bathroom represents 65% of a household's total water usage. A large portion of that water is consumed as a result of inefficient products. Thankfully there are many new, more efficient products on the market that can help consumers make a better choice when it comes to water conservation.

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The Home Depot carries a range of efficient faucets by recognized brands such as American Standard, Delta, Kohler and Moen. High-efficiency faucets use up to 30% less water than standard models, so you can make a significant impact on your water use by making the switch. If you're not yet in the market for an upgrade, opt for a faucet aerator instead. Aerators are used to retrofit standard faucets and can reduce a tap's water consumption by 23%.

Updating your showerheads is another great way to conserve water. High-efficiency showerheads use 40% less water than conventional models, with no noticeable change in performance. The technology has come a long way in recent years so you don't have to compromise high performance and a range of features to make the eco choice. Saving water will save you money too; replacing one 2.5 gallon per minute (GPM) showerhead with a 1.5 GPM model can help to achieve an annual savings of up to $46 on your utility bill.

For the greatest savings, look for the WaterSense label. WaterSense is a program sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that seeks to protect our water supply by promoting water efficiency and enhancing the market for water-efficient products, programs, and practices. Although it's an American program, WaterSense certified products are also sold in Canada and Canadian consumers can use the label to identify the most water efficient products on the market.

By purchasing a WaterSense certified faucet, aerator or showerhead, you know you're getting a quality product that's been backed by third party, independent testing and certification. These products perform well, help save you money, and encourage innovation in manufacturing.

Beyond saving water and money, high efficiency bathroom fixtures can save energy too. The less water you use in your sink and shower, the less water you'll have to heat and heating water uses energy. On a larger scale, it takes a lot of energy to move and treat the water that flows into your home. Reducing residential water consumption helps decrease the energy consumed by your municipal water and wastewater facility.

Check out this article to learn more about the greatest water guzzler of all in the bathroom: toilets