As appliances age and important devices in the home grow obsolete, it makes sense to choose “green friendly” options like water-efficient toilets. The “porcelain throne” might not sound like a place with exciting advancements in eco-friendly technology, but a new toilet offers one of the best ways to save water in your home.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that 30 percent of the water used in the average home today comes from flushing the toilet. The old toilet in your home that’s served you faithfully for decades might cost as much as six gallons of water every time you flush, which leads to excessive water use and waste of the planet’s natural resources.
The government recommends homeowners use “low flow” toilets, or toilets that don’t use a lot of water on each flush. The EPA standard for toilet efficiency sits at 1.6 gallons per flush, but some of the best toilets today use even less at around 1.28 gallons per flush. These exceptionally efficient toilets carry the “WaterSense” label, which lets you know that the toilet won’t cost a lot to operate.
Incredibly, replacing just one toilet in the home with a new, efficient model may save you almost 13,000 gallons of water each year, according to the EPA. Depending on your utility costs, you could save over $100 a year in water costs.
Cool New Designs and Features
Dual-flush toilets are one of the neatest features to arrive in the modern bathroom. These toilets offer two buttons (or levers) that allow you to choose what type of flush you want — large or small.
Low flow toilets that only use 1.28 gallons per flush are terrific water-savers, but sometimes you need a little more water for the job. Dual-flush toilets offer an extra button when you need a little extra power from the toilet.
Benefits of a New Toilet Include:
- Saves the planet’s resources
- Reduces cost of utilities
- Slows well water usage
- Improves decorative appeal
Don’t Forget: To encourage replacement and upgrade of household toilets, the government often gives buyers rebates for purchasing WaterSense toilets. Check into available tax breaks or mail-in rebates when you choose your new toilet.
Whether you’re looking to replace an old, malfunctioning toilet or whether you’re interested in saving money on utility bills, a new toilet is one of the best ways to save money in the home. A new toilet will also add a little modern style to any bathroom, which improves your home’s value.