Toilets are Notorious Water Guzzlers
If you are not aware, the toilet is the single biggest water usage station in your entire home. Flushing your toilet is responsible for about thirty-eight percent of the water used inside your residence every day.
If you went ahead and replaced your old model toilet with a new low-consumption one, you could permanently cut your home water consumption by more than twenty-five percent.
It is simply amazing that for such a small room, the small “green” changes you make in your bathroom can have a big impact not only on the environment but on your water bill as well.
It has increasingly become the norm that Plumbing Codes requires that all new or replacement installations of two-piece tank-type and floor-mounted flushometer toilets use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush.
These toilets are labeled low-consumption, ultra low-flush or just plain low-flush. Contrary to popular belief, all low-consumption toilets do not perform equally and consumers should be aware of this to make an informed purchase decision.
Reaping The Benefits of Water Efficient Household Fixtures
The Utah government division of water resources has compiled a list of rated water-efficient household appliances. Below you can find ratings for various toilet models and manufacturers.
This is a limited list but should give you a general idea of which model is best for your individual water conservation needs. If you are interested in green lavatory living, greenguide.com has some helpful tips.
Here is a graphic from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority about Water-Efficient Appliances and Bathroom Fixtures outlining how much water you will save by installing a 1.6 gallon water-efficient toilet.
As you can see installing a 1.6 gallon water-efficient toilet can save an average family of four several thousand gallons of water every year which is a good thing for your pocket book and of course the environment will love you too.