Energy efficient bathrooms can save individuals and families hundreds of dollars each year. “If people are willing to take that first step, even something that is comfortable and simple like replacing a light bulb in the bathroom, it can lead to a much bigger community impact,” says Michelle Vigen, campaign and metrics coordinator for Clean Energy Resource Teams, a partnership between nonprofits and the University of Minnesota that promotes clean energy. “It’s more important now than ever.” Bathrooms use more than half of a home’s indoor water consumption, with toilets making up about 30 percent. If residents want to make changes, there are three easy places to start — the showerhead, the faucet, and the toilet. An individual can install a low-flow showerhead, which can be purchased at a home store for between $20 and $60. A low-flow faucet aerator also can be used in a sink. Most faucets can use aerators, and before adding or replacing one, homeowners should make sure the rate of gallons per minute is 2.75 or less. Finally, a flush converter can be purchased for the toilet for less than $30. The converters enable the toilet to have two flush options, a lighter one for liquid waste and a heavier flush for solids. | Read More