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Go green with these eco-friendly bathroom remodel tips

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Q: Dear Ed: My wife and I are going to age in place and keep our present home. With that said, we plan to remodel one of the extra bedrooms into a big eco-friendly bathroom. Any green plumbing recommendations to share with us?

— Martin, Washington state

A: My first green thought for your new bathroom is to design it to be as water-efficient as possible. I suggest checking out the WaterSense program, where plumbing products are labeled to help guide you in choosing high-performance, high-efficiency toilets, faucets and showerheads.

I also want to mention that it's a good idea to install high-efficiency fixtures in any bathroom, not just green bathrooms.

Bathroom

Stone vessel sinks are a green bathroom favorite.

Now, natural products and natural lighting are also favorite green topics.

If possible, get some sunlight in there with skylights or light tubes.

For natural plumbing products, I like stone vessel sinks. Some are even etched with nice designs.

Finally, this green-friendly product surprises a lot of people: cast iron. Cast-iron tubs and shower bases are made with a good portion of recycled materials, and like the name says, it can be a strong choice for your new green bathroom.

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 eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

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