Homeowners are always looking for ways to save money on their utility bills. A low flush toilet could be the answer to cutting costs while consuming less water. Discover the advantages of having a low flush toilet and how one can save you money.
What is Low Flush Toilet?
Low flush toilets are designed to use less water with each flush. Water conservation became a pressing issue in the 1990’s and in 1994, President George H.W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act. This law made it mandatory that all new toilets have a federal maximum 1.6 gallons per flush. The law became effective in 1994 for residential homes and it became a requirement for commercial structures in 1997.
There are two types of toilets available on the market: single-flush and dual-flush models. The dual-flush toilet has two button or handles that produce different amounts of water. The half-flush allows for a .8 gallon flush (for liquids) while the full-flush button produces a greater amount of 1.6 gallons for solid waste.
Money Saving Benefits
Owning a low flush toilet can make a significant difference in your utility costs. It is estimated that a low flush toilet could save a family of four nearly $100 a year and possibly $2,000 in the lifetime of the toilet.
Up until the mid-1990’s, a majority of toilets in people’s homes used 5 to 7 gallons of water per flush. That was later lowered to 3.4 gallons per flush and later to 1.6 gallons to meet new federal standards enacted for improved water conservation.
When low flush toilets first hit the market, their only design flaw was a reduced flush force. This meant people had to flush twice in order to remove waste properly; leaving many customers dissatisfied. New modifications were made that created a greater flush force that the same as a standard. Changes included a larger flapper valve and trapway as well as a glazed trapway. All of these allowed for waste to move through easier.
Today, the average low flush toilet uses less than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. By switching to a low flush toilet, an average family can cut their water consumption up to 60% and save 13,000 gallons annually. This can make a significant environmental impact and help reduce the amount of water used by consumers.
A low flush toilet may be labeled with the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s “WaterSense” certification sticker. This means the model of the toilet meets or exceeds the standard of using less than 1.6 gallons per flush.
Stop flushing your hard earned money down the drain and make a positive impact on the environment all while saving money. Call the professionals at ASAP Plumbing today about installing a low flush toilet in your home.
If you’re in need of a low flush toilet installation, contact ASAP Plumbing today at 228-865-2727 or visit www.plumbinggulfportms.com and request a free estimate! We can handle all your plumbing needs including installation, repair and full water heater replacement.
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