Q: Dear Ed: Our children are getting older, 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?
— Becky and Joe, Rhode Island
A: To start, I recommend upgrading to high-efficiency fixtures.
Quality high-efficiency plumbing fixtures can offer sleek, modern designs and good flow performance, while helping to lower water use.
You can look into installing these three water-saving bathroom fixtures and letting your older children be part of the “fun” by teaching them efficient ways to use them.
One: Upgrade your faucets with water-efficient aerators, and teach the kids to turn the tap on and off while brushing teeth.
Two: Install a kid-friendly adjustable personal shower and slide bar in place of taking baths.
Three: 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. Visit eddelgrande.com or write to firstname.lastname@example.org. Always consult local contractors and codes.