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GreenPointers: Faucets, Showerheads, and Toilets 

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October 2012

Finding the Right Toilet

Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of an average home's indoor water consumption.

If you replace older, existing toilets with WaterSense labeled models, you can save 4,000 gallons per year with this simpler, greener choice. Learn more about WaterSense toilets.

If you already have a high-efficiency toilet, it will qualify for points toward a GreenPoint Rating. Find out more about the benefits of a green label now while there is still a $2,000 rebate to help off-set the cost.

Find a Contractor or GreenPoint Rater

Are you ready to get started on some green home improvements, or even go for the GreenPoint Rated label?

If you use a contractor who is participating in the Energy Upgrade California in LA County incentive program, you could qualify for a rebate of up to $4,000.

And through the end of the year, you can get up to $2,000 cash back on a GreenPoint Rated label.

Find a Participating Contractor or Rater now.

Download the GreenPoint Rated Guide to a Green Remodel

Full of pointers on how to make your remodel green, healthier, and more comfortable, this guide will help get you started.

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Faucets, Showerheads, and Toilets

Our series of GreenPointers provide helpful tips for a healthier, greener home in a variety of topics. Today's topic is faucets, showerheads, and toilets.

It's easy to take running water for granted. But in California, dwindling fresh water supplies and a growing population mean water is a precious resource. You can do your part to protect our communal water supplies with some simple changes in your home.

Green Pointers

Installing efficient faucets, showerheads, and toilets isn't just good for the environment. Using less water means lower water and sewer bills and lower energy bills for heating water. Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing your fixtures:
Step 1


  Check with your local water provider for possible rebates. Water providers and local governments encourage people to install water-saving toilets, faucets and showerheads because these fixtures reduce demand for water supplies and reduce the volume of wastewater that needs treatment.
Step 2


  To measure the flow rate of your faucets and showerheads, you'll need a watch and a bucket or container that holds at least one gallon and is marked with volume measurements.

Turn the taps until they are fully open, hold the container under the stream of water, and time how long it takes to obtain one gallon of water. Then divide 1 gallon by the time (in minutes). For example, if it takes 30 seconds to obtain 1 gallon, then the flow rate is 2 gpm (1 gallon / 0.5 minutes). If it takes 18 seconds to obtain 1 gallon, then the flow rate is 3.3 gpm (1 gallon / 0.3 minutes).

Step 3


  If you add a flow reducer to a faucet tip, remember to do simple periodic maintenance to keep it from becoming clogged. Just unscrew the flow reducer, rinse it clean of debris, and screw it back on.
Step 4


  For more information about high efficiency faucets, showerheads and toilets and other tips on saving water, go to

Read the complete faucets, showerheads, and toilets GreenPointers.

Learn more about the Green Label Rebate Program and find out how you can qualify for a $2,000 rebate to get a green label for your home today!

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