Even though we’re still years behind Europe, Australia, and other green-conscious countries around the world, green plumbing continues to make rapid strides in the U.S.
And nothing better illustrates that point than dual-flush toilets. Dual-flush toilets, as the name implies, have two buttons vs. a single handle. One button is for liquid waste only (half flush), and the other for liquid and solid waste combined (full flush).
A full flush consumes only 1.02 gallons. That’s truly amazing when you consider that a standard toilet use anywhere from 3-7 gallons per flush, depending on when it was built. Okay, you might say, but “What about the low-flow toilets I’ve been hearing so much about?” Well, those are great water savers, too, but dual-flush toilets out-save them, and by a considerable margin.
Let’s do the math. Most low-flow toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush. With a dual-flush toilet, a full flush uses 1.53 gallons while a half flush uses only 1.02 gallons. The cuts water usage by up to 68% over your older, standard toilet.
Of course the savings vary from person to person, but if you use the toilet an average of 5 times a day, you’ll save close to 600 gallons of water every year. For a family of four, that works out to a total savings of 2,400 gallons annually. And, since toilet usage typically accounts for roughly a quarter of your water bill, you can end up with a monthly savings of close to 17%.
Another benefit of dual-flush toilets is that most models have a larger trapway for removing waste than conventional toilets – which reduces the likelihood of a clog.
Finally, dual-flush toilets look great. They are sleek, modern, and European-looking, and they perfectly complement a high-end bathroom.
Looking to save water and add a little pizzazz to one or more of your bathrooms? Then contact Conway Services today and let us put our green plumbing ideas and products to work for you.