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- Always use hard surface, water-resistant flooring such as tile or natural linoleum in areas prone to wetness, especially in bathrooms.
- Choose flooring products that can easily be maintained.
- Choose flooring options that allow for partial replacement instead of whole-room replacement.
- Seek alternatives to vinyl flooring.
- Check to see if your toilet flapper is the cause of leaks before deciding to purchase a new toilet.
- Look for the EPA WaterSense label and/or MaP Premium label when you replace your toilet to ensure water savings and high performance.
- Consider a dual-flush or a composting toilet for more significant water use reductions.
- Check with your water utility to see if rebates are available for upgrading to a more efficient toilet.
- Consider installing a 30-minute timer or a humidistat to ensure the bathroom dries out after use.
- Upgrade to an ENERGY STAR rated fan if you have an older or poor-quality bathroom fan.
- Ensure that the fan is fully ducted directly outside and not into an attic or crawlspace.
- Be sure there is a damper where the fan vent exits the home.
- Consider 5-inch or 6-inch well-sealed ducts instead of 4-inch ducts for bath exhaust.
- To assess the cost effectiveness of a new aerator, measure the faucet’s current flow. Standard flow is 2.2 gallons per minute.
- If a new aerator is needed, install an EPA WaterSense labeled aerator or faucet that reduces flow to 1.5 gallons per minute or less without sacrificing performance.
- When replacing a faucet, look for products with a lifetime warranty.
- If your family isn’t diligent about turning off lights when not in use, consider using occupancy sensors.
- Replace incandescent bulbs with LEDs; many new LED products use a fraction of the energy and provide the light quality of incandescent bulbs that most people prefer and cannot get with CFLs.
- Choose a variety of fixture types and controls to optimize your light quality without having lights be on “all or nothing.”
- Consider an ENERGY STAR-labeled bath exhaust fan with integral LED light for both high efficiency ventilation and lighting within one product.
- Hanging a waterproof simple shower timer is an easy way to help remind shower users to cut down on the length of their shower, and therefore the amount of water used.
- Choose a new, high performance showerhead with the WaterSense label that uses 1.5 to 2 gallons per minute (GPM).
- Consider installing a “soap” valve.