As Southern California residents, water-saving practices have become a part of our daily lives and routines. Many of us now have rock lawns, limit how often we wash our cars, take quicker showers, and may even have water saving toilets in our homes, just to name a few.
Become Water Savvy And Install A High Efficicncy Toilet
If your family is interested in becoming more water-savvy, you may have thought about having a water saving toilet (also called “high-efficiency” toilets) installed. There are a few different types of models, including low-flow, dual-flush, and pressure-assisted flush. We believe it’s important to be an informed consumer, so keep reading to learn about the pros and cons of these water-saving toilets.
Pro: Using less water
This is, for many people, the main appeal of this type of appliance. These types of toilets are designed differently than regular toilets. In many older homes, the standard toilets use about 3.5 to 4 gallons of water per flush of the toilet. If you’re flushing the toilet around three times a day, per 3 people in your home…that’s about 34 gallons of water just to handle your business! It adds up in the cost of your water bill and can be straight-up wasteful. Whereas the newer, EPA standardized toilets, do not exceed 1.6 gallons per plush and many of the high-efficiency type toilets use even less! When you do the math, the savings are pretty significant.
Pro: Rebate Opportunities
Many of the more water-restricted places offer rebates for installing this type of water-savvy/efficient appliances. Southern California is one of them, and your family could qualify for a rebate from a number of different organizations for having a high-efficiency toilet installed.
Con: Future Plumbing Issues
Low-flow toilets, a popular water-saving toilet option, use less water to flush solid waste. While this is beneficial for your water bill and the environment, it could spell trouble for your pipes. Low flow toilets may not clear the pipes as efficiently which could lead to more frequent clogging and costly repairs.
Con: Is your toilet running?
Another kind of high-efficiency toilet, the dual-flush toilet, exhibits a common issue of constantly running. While there are often numerous easy fixes for a constantly running toilet, the result can be wasted water and a higher water bill from an appliance that is manufactured to do the opposite!
High-efficiency toilets can be a great way to conserve water, an important reality for us Californians. Knowing what to expect from high-efficiency appliances can help you and your family make the most informed decisions about “going green.”