Believe it or not, toilets are by far the main source of wasted water use in the home. About 30% of indoor water use comes from the toilet. Every time it’s flushed, a standard toilet uses about 6 gallons of water. New advancements in design and efficiency in toilets now allows the same or sometimes better performance by using as little as 1.6 gallons of water. Whether you are remodeling your home or replacing an older toilet, installing a water-efficient toilet can not only reduce water use but could also save money. If you’re interested in upgrading your toilet to a more water-efficient one, call our team at Drain Doctor and our experienced plumbers get you on your way to savings!
How Much Water Does a Water-Efficient Toilet Actually Use?
Older, standard toilets use about six gallons of water per flush and account for about 30% of water use in the home. Newer, more water-efficient toilets can do the same job with about 1.6 gallons thus reducing wasted water by 20% to 60%. That’s nearly 13,000 gallons of water each year! Household leaks are another culprit of wasted water. Leaks can account for up to 180 gallons of wasted water a week. If you’re interested in saving water and money by installing a more efficient toilet, call our talented team at Drain Doctor.
The Pros of Having an Efficient Toilet
At Drain Doctor, we want to be as environmentally conscious as possible. Saving water is one way we can contribute to reducing waste. By using a toilet that is water efficient, we can potentially reduce the amount of water wasted on our planet. If all old and inefficient models in the U.S. were replaced with newer, more efficient models, we could potentially save about 360 billion gallons of water a year! In other words, that’s how much water flows over Niagara Falls in 9 days!
The Cons of Having an Efficient Toilet
Water-efficient toilets can be environmentally and budget friendly in the long term. However, they can have a higher cost up front than older models. They can cost homeowners up to $400 more than older models. If you’re having to flush multiple times, these eco-friendly models may not be saving water or money. It’s important to install high quality products to get the most out of your toilet. Get in touch with our team at Drain Doctor to learn more about water-efficient toilets and how reducing water use can help save you money.
How Much Money Can a Household Save by Using a Water-Efficient Toilet?
By now, we’ve discussed all the ways water-efficient toilets can save water and money. But just how much money can it save to use an eco-friendly toilet? This upgrade can save an estimated $150 a year in water costs per home. That’s nearly $3,000 for the lifetime of the toilet. What a savings! Now, imagine if every home in America upgraded to more water-efficient toilets and appliances. If you’re interested in water saving toilets and would like to learn more about how you can save by upgrading to a newer model, get in touch with our team at Drain Doctor to schedule dedicated plumbers. We’re available 24/7 all year round.