Low-Flow Toilets May Help Save Water, Lower Utility Bills

Low-Flow Toilets May Help Save Water, Lower Utility Bills

Nov 6, 2012

Are you looking for ways to upgrade your home so that you can be more energy efficient and save money on your utility bills? Well, did you know that, on average, approximately 14 percent of your home’s water use (inside and out) goes to flushing your toilet? That’s why an excellent energy-saving option is to install and use low-flow toilets, which use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush (GPF). By contrast, older, typical toilets may use anywhere from 3.5 to 7 GPF. 

If you’re thinking about upgrading your toilets, here’s a few tips on low-flow toilets:

  • Look for a low GPF: Many toilets use, on average, 20 gallons a day per person, which is around 30 percent of a person’s daily water use. Look for low-flow toilets with a GPF of 1.6 or lower. This can save you significant amounts of water, which you’ll see reflected in your water bills.
  • Look for the WaterSense label: In order to find the most efficient toilet possible, look for the WaterSense label given out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Not only do WaterSense toilets effectively clear waste, they use no more than 1.28 GPF.
  • Look for an effective design: Believe it or not, the design of the toilet plays a key part in how efficient it is. Toilets that are taller are much more efficient at clearing waste. This is due to the fact that the water falls a longer distance, which allows it the opportunity to clear more waste. Furthermore, round bowls tend to clear waste better than elongated bowls.
  • Don’t judge low-flow toilets by the price tag: Just because a toilet is more expensive does not mean it is more efficient. There are toilets available that are costly due to their aesthetics, not their efficiency.
  • Choose a toilet that suits your style: You’re going to be using the toilet on a daily basis, so be sure to pick something that will go with your bathroom, not to mention that is comfortable for you and your loved ones to use.

Upgrade your bathrooms with low-flush toilets in order to cut down on your water bills. For more information on low-flow toilets, or for other ways to conserve energy in your home, contact Rinaldi’s Air Conditioning. We provide the Orlando area with expert service and customer care.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Orlando, Florida and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about low-flow toilets and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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