Toilets are among the biggest sources of wasted water in our homes. Old-fashioned toilets just weren’t designed to save water. Fortunately, dual flush toilets were created with just this purpose in mind, and replacing your old toilet with one of these water-saving models is one of the easiest ways you can cut down your household water usage.
A “dual flush” designation means that the toilet is WaterSense-certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These toilets provide just the right amount of water needed to flush down solid or liquid waste – and not a drop more. If buying and installing a new toilet sounds too expensive, consider getting a dual flush converter kit for your old-fashioned toilet.
SelectAFlush, for example, makes a dual flush toilet kit and water conservation device for standard toilets. Installation is simple and can save you a sizeable amount of money, while also enhancing your toilet’s performance.
So exactly how much water can a dual flush toilet save you? Statistics tell us that U.S. families, on average, can save 21 gallons of water each day, or 7,000 gallons a year, by converting to dual flush toilets. That’s a lot of water, and when multiplied across many households, it really adds up – if every family in America installed a dual flush toilet, we could save more than 700 billion gallons of water per year.
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The Dean of Green is written and published by Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling