Options with High-Efficiency Toilets
When you’re working on a renovation, cost-savings are always top of mind. One of the best places to look for savings is by reexamining your energy and water needs. As sewer and water costs are escalating, any change in your water consumption can add up to big savings.
One of the easiest ways to conserve water is to install a high-efficiency toilet. There has been some skepticism about high-efficiency toilets in the past, and those concerns have been justified. In the 90’s the Environmental Protection Agency required new standards that mandated all toilets reduce their use from 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf) to 1.6 gpf. Initial designs weren’t ideal, and in some cases failed to perform adequately.
In the last fifteen years however, technology has improved. One of the most significant advances is Dual Flush Technology. Using Dual Flush Technology, consumers are able to save up to 8,000 gallons a year. Dual Flush gives the user the option of using a full flush (1.6 gpf) for solid waste and half flush (.8 gpf) for liquids. These high efficiency toilets use the force of gravity to achieve a more forceful flush, similar to the old single flush gravity fed toilet.
The difference in water savings is achieved in the option for a full or half flush. These toilets consume 20 percent less water than models that don’t utilize a half flush option. And while the savings in water consumption is outstanding, it’s important to note that the user never sacrifices performance to reach those savings.