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Saving on water bills in a new home

Replacing a sink faucet can end up saving consumers money on water bills.

Replacing a sink faucet can end up saving consumers money on water bills.

A lot of things change when people move into a new home, with the cost of utilities being one of them. Instead of possibly looking at increased monthly bills, consumers can look to the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program for helpful tips on how to save money.

The WaterSense label signifies that a product is at least 20 percent more water efficient than other standard models, the EPA said. Replacing common household items such as showerheads and faucets can end up saving consumers money.

Over 36 billion gallons of water and $267 million was saved during 2009 thanks to the WaterSense program, the EPA said. Consumers that remodel their bathrooms with these products can cut $60 per year in utility costs.

EPA Office of Water assistant administrator Peter Silva said that "by raising awareness about the value of smart water use, the WaterSense program encourages consumers to take environmental action into their own hands. WaterSense labeled products provide Americans another opportunity to keep the country moving towards a green economy."

In order to get a sense of what utility costs will be when moving into a new place, consumers should contact the home's previous residents to find out what they were paying monthly.ADNFCR-3450-ID-19872312-ADNFCR