Oct 072012
 
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Low Flow Toilets.

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Low Flow Toilet

According to the EPA, bathrooms are by far the largest water users in the home, accounting for more than half of all the water that families use indoors. Advances in plumbing technology and design mean that faucets, showers, and toilets can use significantly less water than standard models while still delivering the rinse, spray, and flush that you expect. To select the right products, one simply has to look for the WaterSense label.

The agency also predicts that changes we make at home will add up quickly in neighborhoods across the country, and that if one in every 10 American homes upgrades a full bathroom with WaterSense labeled fixtures, we could save about 74 billion gallons of water and about $1.6 billion on our utility bills nationwide per year.

With respect to toilets, the EPA claims that they are by far the main source of water use in the home; accounting for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption. Replacing inefficient and older toilets with WaterSense labeled toilets could save nearly 2 billion gallons per day across the country; nearly 11 gallons per toilet in your home every day.

Recent advancements have allowed Low Flow Toilets to use 20 percent less water than the current federal standard, while still providing equal or superior performance. The WaterSense label is used on toilets that are independently certified to meet rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency. Only toilets that complete the third-party certification process can earn the WaterSense label.

The Agency predicts that over the course of your lifetime, you will likely flush the toilet nearly 140,000 times. If you replace older, existing toilets with WaterSense labeled models, you can save 4,000 gallons per year with this simpler, greener choice.

Will Low Flow Toilets work for your home and save water?

This is where we can help. In conjunction with the principles of the EPA Water Sense Program, we follow the LEED for HOMES Whole House Approach, which not only considers one stand-alone Green Home Improvement, but also its relationship to all the other elements that impact the water consumption aspects of your home.

Please contact us if you need assistance.