Residents of San Diego and the surrounding areas, like most people, are seeking ways to be less wasteful and more cost-effective in their home improvements. Many individuals are now looking into the possibility of installing high-efficiency toilets that prevent clogging and save water, all while doing the same amount of work as a generic toilet. How do these flushing systems work–and are they really more economical than the run-of-the-mill brands?
Choosing a high-efficiency toilet that most easily removes the greatest amount of waste with the least amount of water is ideal. Many models are now standardized to use less than 2 gallons of water per flush. That is highly desirable, considering that almost one third of a typical residence’s entire water usage happens when flushing the toilet. For those concerned with going green, the Environmental Protection Agency has prompted manufacturers to successfully design toilet models that consume less than 1.3 gallons of water for each flush, and lowering water usage saves money on your next water bill.
Depending on your needs and bathroom setup, most companies offer three types of high-efficiency toilets. Mostly used in commercial and hospitality buildings, pressure-assist flushing systems are used to collect air pressure within the toilet’s water tank as it refills; as the toilet is flushed the built up pressure drives the water into the bowl, efficiently forcing it to empty the contents–all while using only one gallon of water. Single flush systems use about 1.6 gallons per flush. This type is now the new standard choice for replacing an old toilet or installing a completely new one (for instance, in a just-built house). Dual flush systems use no more than .9 gallons for liquid waste and the standard 1.6 gallons for solid waste; you choose based on your current need.
Are High-Efficiency Toilets Really More Economical?
In the long run, yes. Research shows eco-friendly toilets to be valuable, despite the initial high cost. With 30% of the household water usage coming just from flushing the toilet, the savings could well be worth it. Based on studies done by the American Water Works Association on families with four members, using a high-efficiency toilet could save well over 10,000 gallons of water annually. It might cost more now, but the money saved on your water bill will benefit you for years to come.
If you live in San Diego or the neighboring areas and are considering a high-efficiency toilet flushing system, whether to save money or go green, call the plumbing specialists at 1-800-anytyme today. We can be reached 24-7, 365 days a year, at (760) 477-0072.