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The world’s water supply is a depleting resource and as the global population grows, the need for water conservation increases.

Many consumers may not be aware of the water-wasting fixtures in their home and don’t realize how easy and affordable it is to upgrade to water saving products. The good news is that saving water in the home is both cost-effective and as easy as 1–2–3.

Toilets

Install a high-efficiency toilet that flushes with 1.28 gallons or less. Unfortunately, many homes still use toilets that consume 3.5 gpf. In the U.S., for example, at least 50% of existing toilets still flush with 3.5 gallons.

If an average family of four swaps out a 3.5 gpf toilet for a high efficiency, 1.28 gpf toilet, they can save 16,500 gallons per year. And that adds up to a lot of money saved.

Showers

Replace an old showerhead with a low-flow showerhead that uses 1.75 gpm. The number two priority is in the shower, where the standard flow rate is 2.5 gallons per minute. Installing water conserving showerheads or handshowers cuts the flow rate to 1.75 gpm—a 30% water savings. Advanced water engineering in new high-efficiency KOHLER showerheads provides the same coverage as a standard flow showerhead, plus multi-function performance that still lets you dial down to get a power massage shower.

Faucets

Change the faucet aerator to a more efficient aerator. The number three water-saving priority is the easiest and the least expensive. Aerators are small collar-like applications attached to a faucet, containing a fine mesh grid that allows air to be mixed with the solid stream of water. The water pressure remains the same, but the actual volume of water is reduced – the more air introduced into the water stream, the more water saved.

To change a standard faucet aerator, simply unscrew the 2.2 gpm aerators on your faucets, replace them with more efficient 1.5 gpm aerators. With this one-step installation, you can save 30% of the water used.

If a consumers wants to be sure to find a fixture that will save water, look for the WaterSense logo. The Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program helps to identify quality high-efficiency toilets and faucets that also meet strict flushing and flow-rate performance guidelines. When you buy a Kohler toilet or lavatory faucet with a WaterSense label, you’re assured conservation without compromise.

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