Low Flow Toilets

Toilets are one of the largest sources of water use in the home. A standard toilet will flush between 3 to 7 gallons of water per use. This water adds up and represents a large portion of consumers' monthly water bill. There are a wide range of steps that consumers can take to lower the amount of water and money that is flushed away. 


Toilet Displacement

Most toilets flush by using gravity to push water and materials down the drain. Your toilet tank is the source of this water and can hold up to 7 gallons of water. Every time you flush, you use this water. Consumers can displace some of this water, thus reducing the amount flushed to conserve water. Displacing water can be as easy as placing a plastic bottle full of sand in the toilet tank. The volume of water that the bottle displaces is equal to the amount of water you will be conserving per flush.

Water Savings:

Up to 30% of average water usage.

Energy Savings: 

N/A

Cost:

Free to $10.00


Dual Flush 

Dual flushing is a technique where the consumer installs a new flush mechanism. There are two flush settings, one for liquids and one for solids. Dual flush allows the consumer to choose the appropriate amount of water to be used for each situation. This cheap flush mechanism can contribute to significant water conservation. 

Water Savings:

10,220 gallons a year (based on family of four previously using standard 3.5 gallon flush)

Energy Savings:

N/A

Cost:

$20.00-$80.00


Low Flow Toilets

Installation of most new toilets will most likely be designated low flow. If you are interested in installing a new toilet in your home, be sure to look for one which has the lowest gallon per flush rate. Most standard toilets will use 3 to 7 gallons per flush, where newer low flow toilets have a gallon per flush rate as low as a gallon. This method of conservation may require the assistance of a plumbing professional. 

Water Savings:

10,823 gallons a year (based on a family of four previously using standard 3.5 gallon flush)

Energy Savings:

N/A

Cost:

$150-$400