How to Choose a Water Saving Toilet
With water shortages and environmental awareness growing, the efforts to conserve water, to make our daily use of it more efficient, is becoming more commonplace. An older toilet can consume from 6 to 7 gallons of water per flush.
In a household of four, this can account for the use of about 26,000 gallons annually. A new water saving toilet will use at least 55 percent less water than the older model you may have in your home. In addition to lower water bills, you may qualify for a government rebate through information at the Environmental Protection Agency.
Nearly 20 years ago, a law was passed stating that toilets must use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. The EPA’s WaterSense requirements work at 1.28 gallons or less. Using less water does not mean losing flushing power, but you should also consider overall toilet performance and flush options.
A single-flush (gravity toilet) operates at an average 1.6 gallons per flush. This type of toilet is most commonly found in homes. The porcelain tank holds water which is released through a flapper valve and gravity draws it out of the bowl.
Dual-flush toilets are just what they seem. They offer separate settings for liquid and solid waste disposal at the rate of 0.8 gallons per flush and 1.6 gallons per flush, respectively. Even with the dual settings, they save little more water than a good single-flush toilet.
Pressure-assisted toilets have pressurized plastic tanks inserted inside the main water tank which compress air and release pressurized water into the bowl and onward at a high velocity. Because of that burst of pressure, these toilets are far noisier than the average toilet and do require a minimum of pressure to operate. However, pressure assisted toilets only use about one gallon of water per flush.
For more expert advice on upgrading to a water saving toilet, Sobieski Services will provide you with fast and professional information. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC & plumbing systems).
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