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What to Consider When Buying an Eco-Friendly Toilet

If there was a way to use less water in your home, wouldn’t you want to? Of course you would! This is exactly why many homeowners are switching from traditional toilets to eco-friendly ones. Thanks to these low-flow toilets, people can now save money, reduce their water usage, and conserve our Earth’s natural resources — what’s better than that?

How Eco-Friendly Toilets Work

The average toilet uses six gallons of water per flush. Now multiply that by, say, four uses a day. Then, multiply that by four, assuming a family of four lives in this house. That’s right, each day this family flushes around 96 gallons of water — most of which is unnecessary.

Eco-friendly toilets, also known as low-flow toilets, use less than half the amount of water that traditional toilets and still get the job done just as well.

What to Look For in Your Eco-Friendly Toilet

A Dual-Flush Option

Without getting into the nitty-gritty of it, it’s pretty obvious that liquid waste requires less force and water than solid waste in order to get through your pipes. Instead of treating "number one" and "number two" the same, dual-flush toilets let you chose which one you’re flushing. If you’re flushing just liquid waste, the toilet will flush with less than a gallon of water. If you need a little more oomph, the second option uses a little less than two gallons per flush.

The EPA’s WaterSense Logo

Similar to the EPA’s EnergyStar program, the WaterSense program encourages manufacturers to meet high quality and energy efficiency standards, in order to earn the WaterSense seal of approval.

Did you know that if every toilet in America was replaced with a WaterSense-labeled model, we would save roughly 520 billion gallons of water a year? That's the same amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls in almost two weeks.

How Many Pieces it Comes in

Energy-efficient toilets come in two options — one or two-pieces. While they’re both equally good at conserving water, one-piece units are easier to install but cost a bit more. Two-piece units are less expensive, but homeowners without any plumbing experience will likely need to hire a plumber.

Water conservation is an important part of caring for the environment. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing outstanding plumbing services for customers while educating them on the importance of water conservation.

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