Bathroom Savings Tips 
 
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  • Taking showers instead of baths use half as much hot water. Using a low-flow 2.5 gallon-per-minute shower head can save 5 gallons of water when taking a 10-minute shower compared to a typical bath. Of course, taking shorter showers will also increase the savings (more).
  • Control moisture, as well as mold and mildew growth, by installing a properly-sized bathroom exhaust fan. Run it while you shower or bathe and for 15 minutes afterward.
  • To prevent moisture, mold and mildew problems, make sure that the ducts from the fan lead to the outdoors, and not into the ceiling.
  • ENERGY STAR® certified exhaust fans run quieter than standard fans and can provide significant energy savings. ENERGY STAR certified ventilation fans with built in lighting use about 65% less energy than standard models, which can save you around $120 over the life of the fan.
  • Bathroom lights are some of the most commonly used lights in an average American home. Vanity lighting often has several light bulbs that use excess electricity and produce lots of heat. You can save 75% of the energy by replacing regular incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs). They provide warm, bright lighting and generate less heat.
  • You can improve energy efficiency by reducing drafts and help prevent common mold, mildew and moisture problems in the bathroom by sealing and caulking air leaks around windows, baseboards and floors. Learn more about weatherization.
  • Repair leaky faucets promptly. A leaky faucet wastes gallons of water and in some cases, the energy to heat it in a short period of time (more).
  • Fix toilet leaks. Add a few drops of food coloring to the toilet tank. Wait 15 minutes. If the dye appears inside the bowl, then you have a leak. Replace the toilet tank flapper.
  • Turn off the faucet while you shave. You'll save on water-heating. Keep it off when you brush your teeth too, and you can save thousands of gallons of water a year (more).
Clothes Drying Tips
  • If your clothes washer has spin options, choose a high spin speed or extended spin option to reduce the amount of remaining moisture, thus starting the drying process before you put your clothes in the dryer.
  • There are several ways to reduce the amount of energy used for washing clothes - wash full loads, use less water and use cooler water. About 90% of the energy used for washing clothes in a conventional top-load washer is for heating the water.
  • Periodically inspect your dryer vent to ensure it is not blocked. This can save energy and may prevent a fire. Manufacturers recommend using rigid venting material - not plastic vents that may collapse and cause blockages.
  • Consider air-drying clothes on clothes lines or drying racks. Air-drying is recommended by clothing manufacturers for some fabrics.
  • Don't over-dry your clothes. If your machine has a moisture sensor, use it.
  • Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation through the dryer, removing excess moisture.
  • Use the cool-down cycle to allow the clothes to finish drying with the residual heat in the dryer.
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