Water Efficient Toilets – Do More with Less

Updated: Jan 12

When you really take a moment to think about how much water humans use each day, it will boggle your mind - which is why the government and manufacturers in recent years have made a major push to introduce water-saving solutions for kitchens and bathrooms.



Everyone can help

If you have an old toilet in your home, you’re using more water than you need to be (and that means you’re spending more money on water bills than needed). While toilet water use varies, older toilets (built in the mid-90s or before) typically use 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf). Nowadays, new toilets use 1.6 gpf (or less).


Toilets considered as "high-efficiency" or "HET" use 1.28gpf or less. If you (just one person) flush your toilet an average of 5 times per day, your older toilet could be flushing 10,439 gallons extra down the toilet (literally) per year than a newer toilet would. Multiply that number by the number of people in your household for a more shocking number.


There’s much to gain by increasing the efficiency of your toilets. You can help the environment and you can also save some cash by reducing your water bill. Below are some solutions worth considering when it comes to your toilet flushing systems:


Single Flush Solutions

While a single flush toilet may look like your old inefficient toilet, times have changed things for the better. In 1992, the Energy Policy Act law made 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) a mandatory federal maximum for new toilets. While the first round of efficiency toilets didn’t get raving reviews with regards to their flushing power, technology has advanced with the times, and many models are using even less water now with powerful flushes. Here are a few single-flush options we recommend:


Dual Flush Solutions

Most toilet manufacturers today offer this newer solution which allows you to choose the amount of water that accompanies your flush (with two button options). Here are some recommended dual flush options:


Don't choose just any new toilet today, as they all come with different technologies. Just because it says 1.6gpf or 1.28gpf, doesn’t mean it will give you the most powerful flushes. If you're in the market for a new toilet in the Long Island or surrounding areas, contact our team and check out some of our plumbing fixture options. We'll help you find the best solution for your bathroom.

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