Do you feel that your water bill is too high and that you wish you could do something to change it? When was the last time you looked at the flow of your toilet?
If you have an older toilet, you should look into purchasing and installing a low-flow toilet for your home. There are many benefits (like lowering your water bill!) to low-flow toilets that you shouldn’t ignore.
If you’re on the fence about low-flow toilets, here are the top benefits:
Saving water not only helps save the world, but it also makes you a good person! Since 1992, the Energy Policy Act made 1.6 gallons the max flush volume for toilets. This policy has worked to save water, and it’s estimated that this act saves around 20 million gallons of water in high-occupied areas like San Francisco, CA per year.
What does this mean for your home? Well, if your toilet is 40 years old, that means it uses around 7 gallons of water per flush. If you replace that use with a low-flow toilet, you can cut that save 5.4 gallons per flush.
If you’re interested in further water-saving perks, dual-flushing toilets are a great option for saving water as well. These toilets provide two flushing mechanisms, one for liquid and another for solid waste, further reducing your eco-footprint.
It seems pretty simple, right? The less water you use, the more money that you’ll save! But that’s not the only benefit of using a low-flow toilet. Toilet flushing accounts for one-third of your home water usage, so that could end up being a nice chunk of change.
In fact, the EPA estimates that the average homeowner, using one of these high-efficiency toilets, can save about $110 per year in costs, and $2200 over the lifetime of the toilet.
In addition to the money you’ll save per flush, installing a new toilet doesn’t require any changes to your current plumbing configuration. You can place the toilet over the same hole in the ground as your old toilet, and away you go!
If you have a big, hulking toilet in your home, a low-flow toilet would be a great replacement. Because they use less water, most low-flush toilets have much smaller tanks than traditional toilets. Their size also makes them easier to install for DIY-ers.
Whatever type of low-flow toilet you choose, you can feel confident that new-millennium fixtures will do their job superbly while saving you water and money.