Some Important Benefits of Low-Flow Toilets and Dual Flush Toilets

save_on_water_bills_480Have you ever stopped to think about how much money is wasted with every flush of your toilet? Chances are, if the toilets in your home were installed before the mid-90s, they waste countless gallons of water every year, adding significantly to your utility bills.

If you don't put off replacing your toilets until either they break down or you decide to renovate your bathroom, you could start seeing savings right away.

The Rise of Low-Flow Toilets

In 1992, the Federal Energy Policy Act was introduced which made it mandatory for all new toilets installed in America to use no more than 3.5 gallons of water per flush.

The first generation of low-flow toilets wasn't always as effective as current models today are. Often, they required a second flush, diminishing their water economy. Fortunately, since then, they have improved a great deal and work just as well, if not better than their predecessors.

The Advent of Dual Flush Toilets benefits_of_dual_flush_toilets

Offering even better water consumption rates than low-flow toilets, dual flush models are the latest addition in the eco-friendly toilet market. These models have two buttons on top of the tank. The larger button flushes 1.6 gallons of water to eliminate solids, while the smaller one uses only 0.8 gallons to eliminate liquids.

To illustrate just how much of an improvement this is, the average person with a low-flow toilet flushes approximately 8 gallons of water per day. On the other hand, with a dual flush toilet that daily amount drops by 40% to 4.8 gallons. That’s less than a single flush of your older toilet.

The Economy Of Switching To A Low-Flow or Dual Flush Toilet

The EPA has estimated that replacing outdated toilets to low-flow models can save as much as $100 per year on your water bills. Those savings climb even higher if you opt for the superior economy of dual flush models.

Another benefit of high-efficiency toilets is that they divert water from treatment facilities, alleviating the strain on those plants. As such, some county and city water management companies are offering special rebates and incentives to homeowners who choose to update their toilets.

Although these models deliver unbeatable savings through advanced technology, their installation is no more complex than traditional toilets. Nevertheless, it's a good idea to have a professional and licensed plumber take care of the installation to ensure it’s done properly.

For worry-free installation of water-efficient toilets, or for any plumbing repairs or services in your Ruston area home, call 318-255-1332 to speak to a friendly professional at Mark Johnson Plumbing.