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Faucets
WaterSense labeled faucets and faucet accessories (such as aerators) are high-performing, water-efficient fixtures. If every household in America installed a WaterSense labeled faucet or aerator, we could save more than 60 billion gallons of water annually. A WaterSense labeled bathroom sink faucet or aerator will help you reduce water use in your home and save money on water bills.

Showerheads
Showering represents approximately 17 percent of residential indoor water use in the United States--more than 1.2 trillion gallons of water consumed each year.  Key performance characteristics include:

  • Pressure compensation
  • Spray pattern (water distribution)
  • Effectiveness (showerhead force and wetting capabilities).
EPA's WaterSense program is currently evaluating showerhead criteria and products.  They should have guidelines and certified products listed on their website in 2009.

Urinals
Nearly 80% of the urinals in use today--approximately 9.6 million fixtures--exceed the maximum allowable flush volume set by federal standards.  High-efficiency flushing urinals can save between 1.0 and 4.5 gallons per flush, without sacrificing performance.

Look for the WaterSense label on flushing urinals later this year. A WaterSense labeled flushing urinal will help you reduce water use in your facility and save money on water bills. Please review the high-efficiency flushing urinals fact sheet for more information. 


Inefficient toilets
are responsible for most of the water wasted
in American homes
.

High Efficiency Toilets
Replacing these toilets with WaterSense labeled toilets could save nearly 2 billion gallons per day across the country. So whether you're remodeling a bathroom, building a new home, or simply replacing an old, leaky toilet, a WaterSense labeled toilet is a high-performing, water-efficient option worth considering. To learn even more, see the WaterSense Labeled Toilets fact sheet




Edited by Carolyn Allen, Managing Editor of Solutions For Green

Publication Date: 1/9/2009
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