Being water wise can cut your utility bills, reduce the need for costly investments in water treatment and delivery systems, and contribute to a more sustainable water future. The bathroom is the place to start since it's the water hog in your home, accounting for more than half of the indoor water you use. Check out these water‐wise plumbing fixtures that don't compromise style or function. To find water‐wise fixtures, look for the WaterSense label. WaterSense, a partnership program with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is an independent organization that reviews plumbing fixtures for water efficiency (among many other jobs). Their certification, or approval, is given to fixtures that are at least 20 percent more efficient without compromising performance. The average bathroom makeover with WaterSense fixtures saves 7,000 gallons of water annually. That's enough water to wash six months worth of laundry.
In the absence of natural light, sconces and candlelight can create a warm feel. A gorgeous trumeau mirror works with the room's antique lighting for ultimate elegance. If a Venetian mirror is too small to make a room feel as big as a full‐length mirror can, get the same effect by layering it over a sheet of plain mirror. More mirrors mean more glamour. The vanity, Venetian mirror and shimmering tiles in this bathroom complement one another for a truly statement‐making look.
Composting toilets. Composting toilets, which use little or no water, are ready for the mainstream with smart systems that can look like conventional toilets (save for missing the water tank). Manufacturers like Clivus Multrum and Sun‐Mar offer centralized systems that have remote tanks for the waste. The tanks can be sized so that minimal attention is required.