Still Living With An Old Toilet? Replace It Now
Does your toilet creak and groan every time it’s flushed?
How much water is it using with every flush?
If it was built before the 1980s, it could be using 6 gallons or more at a time. The EPA states that toilets, on average, account for up to 30 percent of a home’s water usage. If you’re looking for ways to save, this is the best fixture to start replacing.
First, take an inventory of when the toilets in your home were produced. You can find the “date of production” stamp somewhere inside the tank. Some manufacturers also list how many gallons per flush. Look near the date stamp – you’ll see something like 3.5 gpf – this stands for 3.5 gallons per flush.
How efficient are each of your toilets?
Back in 1995, the National Energy Policy Act required that all new toilets produced would flush using 1.6 gallons of water per flush or less. Some states adopted these standards; some took it further. California stipulated that only toilets using 1.28 gallons per flush could be sold. Colorado and Texas quickly adopted similar guidelines. Georgia made it a requirement that you must use WaterSense toilets whenever you build or renovate your property.
Next, it’s time to find out just how much you can save. The EPA has a handy WaterSense calculator that will show you just how much you can save. For example, for an average family of four, by replacing your 3.5 gallons per flush toilets with current WaterSense fixtures, you’d save up to 16,000 gallons of water per year, or roughly $140 off your utility bills.
And the best news is you have a lot of different options to choose from. Head over to Consumer Reports and you’ll find high-efficiency models top the list. And because they only cost a few hundred dollars, you can pay for them with your water bill savings in no time.
How old are your toilets? Is this the year you’ll replace them with more efficient models?