Saving Water in Style

From appliances to fixtures, learn how to conserve with flair.

By: John Riha

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1. Fabulous Faucet

The contemporary Siderna widespread lavatory bath faucet from Brizo combines sleek elegance with water-saving smarts. The Watersense-certified Siderna has a maximum flow rate of 1.5 gallons per minute. $612 with green glass insert handles.

2. A Faucet With Attitude

The compact profile of Kohler’s San Souci toilet disguises an extra-tall seat height and elongated bowl. The San Souci uses an efficient 1.28 gallon flush and is WaterSense certified, making it eligible for rebates in some municipalities. It retails for $991.

3. A Clothes Washer with Feelings

The front-loading Pro Series clothes washer from Asko (shown stacked below a matching dryer) uses internal sensors to recognize the size of the laundry load and adjust water usage accordingly. It’s 3.1 integrated water factor (IWF) — a universal measure of water consumption — is one of the lowest you’ll find. It’s also EnergyStar certified, which helps reduce your energy bills. About $2,525.

4. Aerators Get into the Act

Small but mighty —mighty good at saving water — the Dual Spray Swivel Aerator from Niagara Conservation has a 1.5-gallon-per-minute flow rate and is WaterSense-labeled. The head pivots in any direction to put the stream right where you need it, and it has a pause valve that lets you slow water flow without changing temperature. It retrofits most faucets and includes a 10-year warranty. About $5

5. Matchmaker Dishwasher

The Viking Series 300 dishwasher features a variable pressure wash cycle that adjusts water volume, pressure and temperature settings according to load size and soil levels. If you prefer a look other than stainless steel, you can order a custom front panel to match your cabinets. In addition to being water-wise, the 300 Series is also Energy Star certified. About $1,200.

6. Hanging Around, With Style

Toto’s dual-flush MH model uses a WaterSense-certified 1.28 gallons per flush for solid waste and 0.9 gallons for liquid. The wall-mount style is simple and contemporary. Plus, cleaning underneath the toilet is a snap. This high-efficient (HET) toilet sells for about $850.

7. Spray This Way

When it comes to curb appeal, a great looking lawn and garden are hard to beat. The PGP Ultra pressure-regulating spray body from Hunter Industries takes incoming pressures of 50 to 100 psi and reduces them to 45 psi. That allows a variety of Hunter’s spray nozzles to operate at peak efficiency, saving up to 25 percent water of the water normally needed to irrigate your property and keep your thumb green. About $7.

8. Hot Water, Like Now

A tankless water heater has a space-saving design that frees up square footage. Tankless water heaters provide hot water instantly, so there’s no turning on the tap and waiting for the warm stuff to finally arrive. on demand, reducing the heat loss of conventional storage tank-type heaters. Plus, there’s no turning on the tap and wasting water while waiting for the warm water to arrive. This Rinnai Ultra gas water heater features a dedicated return line that recirculates hot water for additional savings. $1,800.

9. Doin’ the Wave

Kohler’s Beckon electronic touchless kitchen faucet turns on and off with a wave of your hand. A temperature memory function keeps water temps right where you like it, and a convenient pull-down spray head let’s you direct water at any angle. The 1.8 gpm flow rate meets the strict code requirements set by the state of California for new kitchen faucets. The Beckon retails for $698.

10. Color Me Clean

Charlotte showerhead from Brizo in a mixed finish of brushed bronze and polished nickel is WaterSense certified for a 1.5 gallon per minute flow rate. Brizo’s style-matched thermostatic valves and controllers keep water temps at constant temps. $758 when paired with a valve.

Save money and go green by making DIY cleaners from pantry items. Plus, learn how to save time with our expert cleaning tips.

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