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TIP 3: Install efficient toilets

Older toilets may use up to seven gallons of water for each flush. In contrast, newer models use 1.6 gallons or less per flush; the low-flow models use as little as 1.3 gallons. Swapping-out toilets doesn't cost much, and it can add up to big savings on a household's water bill. In addition, reducing water use helps protect the environment, particularly in drought-prone areas. One way to be even greener is to place a bucket under the bathroom sink to collect graywater to use for flushing the toilet, or to install a more high-tech system to automatically divert graywater to flush the toilet.

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