Older and Newer Low Flow Toilets
Do your toilets date from before 1995? If so, you are losing money with every flush. Why is this? Because toilets made before 1995 use more water than is necessary, and in general, are at a higher risk of leaking. Toilet leaks and high volume flush toilets cost Americans gallons of water and up to 10 percent (on average) of their annual water bill. Learn about old school and low flow toilets here.
Some Water Conservation Numbers to Consider
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the following is true:
- Americans waste over one trillion gallons of water each year (due to leaks and older toilets). This is enough water for over 11 million households.
- Switching to low flush toilets can save you as much as 10 percent on your water bill. That’s about 10,000 gallons of water that will be conserved as well.
- If you have a family of four and your family uses more than 12,000 gallons of water each day (during the winter months), you have leak problems (or someone wasting a lot of water) somewhere. Check your monthly water usage.
Making Changes That Will Save Money and Save Water
Toilets made after 1995 automatically use less than 1.6 gallons for every flush. However, you can get inexpensive WaterSense toilets (using 1.28 gallons of water for every flush) at Lowe’s or Home Depot for about $100 apiece – and save 10 percent on your water bill.
Do Low Flush Toilets Work as Well as High Flush Toilets?
Consumer Reports says the low flush toilets (such as the WaterSense toilets that use as little as 1.28 gallons of water for every flush) score just as high and work just as well as the old high volume usage toilets. This counts for both liquid and solid waste flush tests. In this case, you can save water, save money, and still get the service and quality you expect from a toilet.
How Old Are Your Toilets?
If you’ve got older toilets in the house, let us come switch those out for you. You’ll save money and do the world a favor.
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Quick question & answer: Do I need to replace my toilet if it was made before 1995?
If your toilet was made before 1995, it is costing you both more money and wasting more water, making it a good idea to replace it. Toilets made after 1995 automatically use less than 1.6 gallons per flush. You can purchase toilets that use 1.28 gallons per flush for about $100, making them both cost and energy efficient.