Posted By The Eco Plumbers 4 Dec. 2013
Did you know that the standard toilet installed in most homes uses 1.6 gallons of water per flush? It’s true! While that number used to be anywhere between 3.5 and 7 gallons, today the 1995 National Energy Policy Act mandates that all toilets use at most 1.6 gallons of water per flush, and that amount is in fact considered to be a low flow toilet.
But there is an alternative to this level of water use, an amount that improves on older toilet models greatly but still leaves much to be desired. Instead of installing a 1.6 gallons per flush model, a high efficiency, low flow toilet that only uses 0.8 gallons of water per flush (GPF) can be a real water and money saver all year round, especially if you have a large family or frequently host guests. Indeed, during the holidays, when homes fill up with guests and the line for the bathroom grows long, having a high efficiency, low flow toilet can save you a significant amount of money on your water bill.
Saving Water with Niagara Toilets
In the course of a year, a Niagara low flow toilet will save the average household of four up to 22,000 gallons of water. This is equal to $100 in savings on your annual water bill, a not insignificant amount. If your home is the center of many holiday festivities, a big part of that savings will come from the smaller impact of your guests on your water bill.
Does it Work?
A toilet that flushes with only 0.8 GPF is sure to garner some suspicion. Is that really enough water to flush a toilet? Various redesigns have been employed to make Niagara toilets work just as well as their more wasteful counterparts. These quiet toilets use a suction flush, rather than the “power flush” employed by older models. This suction flush, combined with larger flapper valves and larger, glazed trapways help the toilet to flush more easily. This is all to say that even with only 0.8 GPF, your toilet will still flush with a single press of a button. After all, if it took two flushes, it wouldn’t be a savings at all.
Other Advantages of a Niagara Toilet
Besides saving your family water and money, not just during the holidays but year round, a high efficiency, low flow toilet also reduces the likelihood of overflows. With higher volume toilets, trying to clear a blockage with a second or third flush can often result in so much water buildup that the toilet overflows. With a Niagara toilet, a second or third flush is far less than the volume of the toilet, preventing a potential mess. If anything, avoiding toilet overflows is the truly great savings that a Niagara toilet can bring to your holiday season.
The shift to low flow toilets has been something of a national revolution, resulting in a savings of $11.3 million dollars each day. Make the change to a Niagara toilet for the holidays and see the savings on your home water bill year round.
Low flow Toilet Installation
Interested in having a low flow toilet installed in your home? Contact the professional Hilliard, Ohio Plumbers at The Eco Plumbers.
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