previous
  • 7 Small Bathroom Layouts
    7 Small Bathroom Layouts
  • Magazine Departments
    Magazine Departments
  • All about Roofing
    All about Roofing
  • Energy-Smart Details
    Energy-Smart Details
  • Tips & Techniques for Painting
    Tips & Techniques for Painting
  • Shorten a Prehung Door
    Shorten a Prehung Door
  • 7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
    7 Trim Carpentry Secrets
  • Buyer's Guide to Insulation
    Buyer's Guide to Insulation
  • Remodeling in Action
    Remodeling in Action
  • Master Carpenter Videos
    Master Carpenter Videos
  • Clever daily tip in your inbox
    Clever daily tip in your inbox
  • Play the Inspector Game!
    Play the Inspector Game!
  • The Hobbit House and More
    The Hobbit House and More
  • The Passive House Build
    The Passive House Build
  • How to Install Housewrap Solo
    How to Install Housewrap Solo
  • 12 Remodeling Secrets
    12 Remodeling Secrets
  • Basement Remodeling Tips
    Basement Remodeling Tips
  • Read FHB on Your iPad
    Read FHB on Your iPad
  • Deck Design & Construction
    Deck Design & Construction
  • 9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
    9 Concrete Countertops Ideas
  • Electrical Articles & Videos
    Electrical Articles & Videos
  • 7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
    7 Smart Kitchen Solutions
  • Video: Build a curved step
    Video: Build a curved step
next
Pin It

Low Flow

A look at fixtures and appliances that can save you money, improve community health, and help the climate. And yes, your toilet will still flush.

Regardless of where one lives in the United States, public water supplies are increasingly unable to meet demand for healthy water or to treat the volume of wastewater they receive. Every day, Americans use water in toilets, showers, faucets, washing machines, and dishwashers. For every one of these points of use, there are both best-in-class and reasonable conservation targets for helping to trim water waste. In this article, contributing editor Sean Groom looks at the fixtures and appliances available now that enable consumers to use less water, including dual-flush toilets, pressure-assist toilets, more efficient washing machines, low-flow showerheads, foot-pedal faucet controls, and more efficient dishwashers. A chart provides federally mandated water consumption limits for fixtures and appliances, as well as the standards for WaterSense, the EPA's program for water conservation.

Low Flow

Become a Fine Homebuilding Member

to view this article and over a thousand more

Learn More