Are your water bills getting out of control? Have you been looking for ways to reduce the water usage in your home? If your toilets date back to the early 90s or before, you probably have water guzzlers in your home and it may be time for an upgrade.
As of 1994, it became mandatory for all new toilets in the US to use no more than 3.5 gallons of water per flush. That’s a 50% reduction compared to most previous models that flush as much as 7 gallons of water.
The Introduction of Low-Flow Toilets
When they first came out, low-flow toilets often met with resistance from consumers, complaining that they frequently required a second flush. Fortunately, since then, they’ve gotten much better and are just as effective as the older models.
Thanks to their reduced water consumption, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average consumer will see an annual savings of at least $100 on their water bills when they replace their old toilets for low-flow models.
Dual Flush Toilets
Improving upon the performance of low-flow toilets, dual flush models are the newest addition in the high-efficiency market. They achieve even lower water consumption rates by employing two different flush modes.
By depressing the smaller button on top of the tank to eliminate liquid waste, these toilets use only 0.8 gallons of water. For solid waste, the larger button is used and flushes 1.6 gallons.
It’s estimated that the average person with a dual flush model flushes 40% less water per day than someone with a low-flow toilet. That means even greater savings on your utility bills and it’s great for the environment.
Rebates for High-Efficiency Toilets
The introduction of low-flow and dual flush toilets has diverted millions of gallons away from water treatment facilities across the country and reduces the waste of clean drinkable water. For that reason, many water management companies around the country are offering special incentives and rebates to homeowners who choose to replace their outdated toilets with a more efficient model. Contact your local water to see if you qualify for a rebate.
The replacement of a toilet in your home should only be entrusted to a licensed plumbing professional to ensure proper installation and years of reliable use.
In the San Mateo area, your leading plumbing experts are at James Caccia Plumbing. To schedule an appointment, call us at (650) 376-6800 today!