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March 19, 2014

Losing Money with Every Flush?

money-down-toiletThe world is getting warmer, more crowded, and resources more scarce every day. It is important to learn how to conserve these valuable resources to help climate change and benefit the environment in a positive way. The average American flushes hundreds of gallons of water each day with little regard for how very precious it is. With each flush, washing hands, laundry, or simple consumption; more and more water is depleted from our environment that could be easily saved with a few simple lifestyle changes.

Not only would the environment be positively impacted but it can also save you money in the long run! According to the EPA, “The average household spends as much as $500 per year on their water and sewer bill and can save about $170 per year by installing water-efficient fixtures and appliances.” Seems like a no-brainer to trade out your traditional toilet for one that helps to save water and money, so here are a few great ones we found to help start your eco-friendly bathroom makeover!

1. American Standard H2Option Siphonic Dual Flush Two-Piece (WaterSense Certified)
Type: Dual Flush, 2-piece
Price: MODERATE $217.45
Water Usage: 1.0 or 1.6 GPF
Added Features: EverClean surface helps inhibit growth of stain- and odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.
Bowl & Tank Features: 2-piece design, separate tank and bowl

2. Sterling Plumbing Karsten 2-Piece 1.6 GPF Dual Force Low Consumption Round Toilet (WaterSense Certified)
Type: Dual Flush, 2-piece
Price: MODERATE $330.50
Water Usage: 1.6 or 0.8 GPF
Added Features: Dual Flush options with two-button actuator lets you choose a .8 gal flush or 1.6 flush for solid waste.
Bowl & Tank Features: Round bowl requires less space, hard glassy and non-pourous finish and various color options

3. Fresca Dorado Elongated Toilet (WaterSense Certified)
Type- Dual Flush, one-piece
Price- HIGH $409.00
Water Usage: 0.8 or 1.6GPF
Added Features: non-slamming seat, one piece, high quality finish and stain resistant polish
Bowl & Tank Features: Elongated bowl, and one piece design.

4. Toto Eco Ultra Max Toilet SanaGloss ADA (ADA Compliant)
Type: E-max Flushing System, one-piece
Price: HIGH $516.33
Water Usage: 1.28 GPF
Added Features: Contemporary design, Wider bowl, Fast Flush feature (125% larger flush valve than conventional valves)
Bowl & Tank features: low profile tank; Sana Gloss prevents debris, mold and bacteria

Or Fix Your Existing Toilet!

These are just a few of the many options for your new toilet, but if a new toilet just isn’t in the budget this year, try this DIY tip for your existing toilet. To use less water with every flush, fill a plastic bottle with water and place it in the tank of the toilet to reduce the amount of water used.

Also, now that the weather has defrosted, it is important home maintenance to check for leaks. Place some dye or food coloring in the water tank of the toilet. If the dye is gone from the bowl without flushing, that indicates that there is a leak that should be repaired. Taking simple measures like this in the bathroom and around your home can add up to huge savings!

Click Here for more ways that you can start saving water, and money around your home and help perserve our most precious resource!

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