High-efficiency plumbing fixtures can offer sleek designs and good flow performance, while helping to lower water use.

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Q: Our young children are getting older, to the point where they can be independent in the bathroom. We want to teach them to develop good water-saving habits. What kid-friendly water-saving ideas can you recommend for our family?

A: To start, I recommend upgrading to high-efficiency plumbing fixtures.

Quality high-efficiency fixtures can offer sleek designs and good flow performance, while helping to lower water use. Look into installing these three water-saving bathroom fixtures, and let your children be part of the fun by teaching them efficient ways to use them.

1. Upgrade your present faucets with water-efficient aerators and teach the kids to turn the tap on and off while brushing their teeth.

2. Install a kid-friendly adjustable personal shower and slide bar in place of taking baths.

3. Replace your old toilet with a high-efficiency dual-flushing toilet. Kids love to press buttons. Teach them the No. 1 button (half flush) is for No. 1 and the No. 2 button (full flush) is for No. 2.

 

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.