10 Water-Saving Home Products

It pays to invest in water misers, inside your home and out.

| January/February 2011

  • Low-flow toilets can save nearly 4,000 gallons a year over older, less-efficient models.
    Photo Courtesy Toto
  • Energy Star dishwashers save water and energy, using about 40 percent less energy than the federal efficiency standard.
  • Weather-based irrigation controllers tailor watering schedules to yard needs.
    Photo Courtesy Weathermatic
  • Soaker hoses release water slowly and directly to plant roots, reducing evaporation and runoff.
    Photo Courtesy Mr. Soaker Hose
  • Native plants require less artificial irrigation than standard grass yards.
    Photo Courtesy Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
  • Low-flow faucets can save the average household more than 500 gallons a year.
    Photo Courtesy Delta
  • Low-flow showerheads could save you more than 2,300 gallons of water each year.
    Photo Courtesy Kohler


Low-Flow Faucet

Faucets use more than 15 percent of household water. WaterSense faucets save the average household more than 500 gallons a year. If every U.S. home installed a WaterSense faucet or aerator (aerators cost around $2), we could avoid about $600 million in energy costs.

Low-Flow Showerhead

The average shower uses about 11 gallons of water. You could save more than 2,300 gallons each year by installing WaterSense showerheads, which use less than 2.5 gallons per minute. Visit www.epa.gov/watersense for product listings.

Low-Flow Toilet

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