If the toilets in your home are over 20 years old, it’s probably time for you to make the switch to higher efficiency models.
Before the introduction of low-flow toilets, the average commode used 7 gallons of water per flush. By comparison, today’s eco-conscious toilets consume a fraction of that amount.
The Reduced Water Consumption of Low-Flow Toilets
In 1992, the Federal Energy Policy Act that required all new toilets installed in the US to use no more than 3.5 gallons of water per flush was introduced.
This 50% reduction in water usage can lead to savings of approximately $100 per year on your water bills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Improved Water Consumption Rates from Dual Flush Toilets
Dual flush toilets have been around for some time in other parts of the world, but they are relatively new to the United States.
These models have two buttons on top of the tank for different flush modes. To eliminate solid waste, the larger button is pressed down and flushes only 1.6 gallons of water. For liquid waste, the smaller button is used and releases a mere 0.8 gallons.
It’s estimated that the average person with a low-flow toilet flushes roughly 8 gallons of water per day, but someone with a dual flush toilet flushes only 4.8 gallons.
If switching to a low-flow toilet leads to $100 in savings on your utility bills, then opting for a dual flush model will deliver even more economy.
Get a Special Rebate
The use of eco-friendly toilets diverts thousands of gallons each year from local water treatment facilities. As such, many local water management companies are offering special incentives and rebates. To find out if there are any being offered where you live, contact your local utility company.
Dual flush and low-flow toilets are no more difficult to install than older models. Nevertheless, it’s best to leave the task to a licensed plumber to ensure it is done right and that your new toilet lasts for years to come.
In the San Jose area, you can count on the pros at Genmor Plumbing to handle your installation needs. You can also speak with one of our friendly experts about other ways to reduce your water usage and improve your home’s carbon footprint. Call us today at (408) 684-7083.