Dear Ed: I plan on remodeling my bathroom and want to install very elegant plumbing fixtures. Also, I want to conserve water and plan on installing a very efficient toilet. For may bathroom faucets I really want a classic look. Do they make high efficiency faucets available in classic styles?

— Jane, Iowa

Dear Jane: In today’s green building market, just because you want to save water does not mean that you have to sacrifice good looks.

Many of today’s high efficiency toilets, showerheads and faucets now include many different styles to choose from. Styles are available from contemporary to nostalgic, and even though the styles can be very different, the water-saving goals are the same.

FYI, standard faucets usually use 2.2 gallons per minute. If you want to upgrade to a water-saving faucet, look for a model set up from the factory that uses 1.2 gpm. In many cases you may even find a standard faucet you like, and by simply changing to a high efficiency aerator, you can save water.

Bottom line: Today’s water-saving faucets perform better than ever and are overflowing with style.

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 or write

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