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Transcript: Saving green by going green: Water wasters

Anchor Intro: Are you flushing water down the toilet every month? You may not think you're a "water waster," but let's find out. Bankrate.com saves you green by going green, in the bathroom.

Voice over 1: Showers... sinks... toilets... oh my! These bathroom basics are pretty big water wasters -- if you let them be!

Voice over 2: Let's start in the shower. Is your shower head still the standard style?

Voice over 3: Replace it with a low-flow shower head. They cost about 12 bucks and you'll save 25 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower. For the month, we're talking about 750 gallons of shower water saved, per person. A nice bonus: this can lower your hot-water heating bill by up to 50 percent!

Voice over 4: Now for toilet talk. If it was made before 1996, you're flushing away up to seven gallons of water each flush!

Voice over 5: When it's time to replace one, buy a low-flow model. These use less than two gallons per flush, so you're saving five gallons of water every time. And new toilets can be had for as low as 100 bucks -- a little short-term pain, but long-term gain on your water bill.

Voice over 6: A simple saver at the sink: Wet your toothbrush, then turn off the tap while you brush. Instead of low flow, think no flow! This can save up to five gallons of water per day, per person. For a family of four, turning off the tap while you brush can save almost 7500 gallons of water a year!

Standup: To avoid water wasters in the bathroom, the words to live by are "low flow or no flow." Less of your water dollars go down the drain, and both your budget and the environment will appreciate it. For Bankrate, I'm Kristin Arnold.

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-- Posted: July 15, 2008
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