Investing in a low-flow toilet saves water and money. You may think that a low-flow toilet will not flush as good as your old toilet. But the truth is that the low-flow toilet today does not resemble the original model that was first manufactured in 1994. At that time, a low-flow toilet used less than 2 gallons per flush while a standard toilet might have used up to 7 gallons. Unfortunately, the small amount of water used in low-flow toilets performed in an inefficient manner.
Step into the Modern World Filled with High-Efficiency Toilets
Today, low-flow toilets flush with a greater sense of accuracy even though they still do not use excessive amounts of water. Consequently, think about purchasing a high-efficiency toilet (HET) when it is time to update your bathroom. You may save at least $90 on your water bill every year. If you have several bathrooms, multiply the $90 in annual savings for each toilet.
Shop for a Toilet Bearing an Approved WaterSense Label
Shopping for the right HET toilet is easy when you look for a WaterSense label identifying the toilet as a certified HET receptacle. The WaterSense certification means that an independent laboratory certified the toilet. Each HET toilet has a specific Maximum Performance (MaP) rating. The MaP figure lets you know if the toilet's low-flush also removes waste in an acceptable way. For instance, you can find toilets with MaP ratings as low as 250 grams and as high as 1,000 grams. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the minimum acceptable number equals 350 grams while the gold standard number equals more than 500 grams.
Select your Preferred Flush Option
Similar to an older low-flow toilet, an HET toilet has various flush mechanisms. Each flush option has a different price tag and noise level. Plus, you need to decide how much of an impact you want your toilet to make on the environment. A gravity-flush toilet features the standard type of flush mechanism relying on the water's weight. A pressure-assist toilet relies on compressed air created at the top of the toilet tank. Unlike the gravity-flush option, a pressure-assist mechanism increases its flush capabilities based on the amount of compressed air. Plus, the pressure-assist option performs each flush with less than 1 gallon of water.
The drawback associated with a pressure-assist flush is that its annoying sound is too loud, especially for youngsters. If you do not want to hear a noisy sound each time the toilet flushes, choose a gravity-flush HET toilet. You can also find tankless HET toilets. An example is the Kohler Hatbox toilet that flushes via an electric pump in lieu of gravity or pressure. The problem with this type of toilet is that you need to use electricity every time you press the flush button. Plus, the toilet is more expensive to maintain.
Consider the Amount of Money you will Save on an Annual Basis
If you want to cut down on the amount of water used in your household, a new HET toilet will help you reach your goal. Boasting approximately 27% less usage, you will save an admirable amount of money on your utility bill each month. With an average life span exceeding 20 years, you may eventually end up with an additional $2,000 in your savings account. Furthermore, the city or state in which you reside may offer a special discount or rebate if you purchase an HET toilet. Some cities even provide homeowners with free HET toilets. Nonetheless, you will use less water in comparison with your older toilet that does not offer a low-flow feature.
Think About Installing a Dual-Flush HET Toilet
Additionally, you have the option to install a dual-flush HET toilet featuring two flush buttons on the toilet's tank. You can select the half flush button or the full flush button. If the toilet only contains liquid, choose the half flush option. Otherwise, select the full flush button. Caroma is a toilet manufactured in Australia featuring two flush buttons. In Australia, the law stipulates that HET toilets must feature two flush options. The Caroma brand has also been sold in the United States for about 10 years and currently features approximately 12 different dual-flush designs.
Remember to do your Research
Look at online reviews before you buy a toilet. Read about different models and maintenance costs. Study positive and negative reviews. Check out the prices at various online vendors. Calculate the shipping costs and read the vendor's policy regarding returns. You can also buy a more elegant model for an additional price. However, remember that your new toilet is designed to last a long time. Accordingly, choose an HET toilet featuring practicality, convenience and appearance so that every person in your family enjoys the luxury of a modern receptacle. When you've got your new toilet and are ready to have it installed, give our Denver plumbing company call and schedule a plumber to come out!