The Benefits of Water Saving Toilets

We all understand the importance of water. However, it is a scarce resource that many people around the world tend to take for granted. If you are looking to cut down the cost of your monthly water views and conserve water then the bathroom is the best place to start. The bathroom is the main source of water use for the average home. In fact, toilets account for nearly 30 percent of an average home’s indoor water consumption.

How to Save Water in the Bathroom

By replacing old and inefficient toilets in your home the average family can reduce water used by their toilets up to 20 to 60 percent. That can yield up to 13,000 gallons of water savings for your home in any given year. At a national level, if all old inefficient toilets in the United States are replaced with water-efficient toilets we could potentially save 520 billion gallons of water per year.

Why Replace a Toilet

  • According to the MWRA, simply replacing a 3.5-gallon toilet with a low-flush 1.6-gallon model can result in a 54% reduction in toilet water use. By replacing an older toilet with a low-flush toilet you can reduce up to 54% water use in your bathroom.

When to Replace a Toilet

  • The best time to replace your toilet is when you are doing renovations and repairs. We recommend replacing a toilet anytime a toilet is leaking. A leaking toilet can waste up to 18,000 gallons of water per year.

Water Saving Toilet vs. Regular Toilets

If you’re looking for the best of both worlds – environmentally friendly without a changed experience, then a water efficient toilet may be ideal for you. Water efficient toilets use roughly 1.28 gallons per flush whereas older toilets can use up to 7 gallons of water with every flush. Federal plumbing standards now specify that new toilets can only use up to 1.6 gallons per flush.

High-efficiency toilets of today surpass traditional toilets in terms of efficiency, lifespan, and power. You will not have to suffer multiple flushes and low-flow cleaning issues if you make the switch to a high-efficiency design today.

Also, there isn’t a need to run out and buy a new high-efficiency toilet. Often times it is more cost effective to simply retrofit the toilet than purchase a new toilet. When you consider that your toilet may be flushed as much as 5 times per day you can easily use 15-35 gallons of water per day! As you can see below the water usage of an older toilet can add up.

Toilet Consumption Avg. Flushes Per Day Est. Gallons Used Per Person Per Year
7 GPF 5* 12,775
5 GPF 5* 9,125
3.5 GPF 5* 6,388
1.6 GPF 5* 2,920
1.28 GPF 5* 2,336

Now imagine for a minute you have a family of 5 and multiple those above figures and just look at the water usage in the bathroom! That’s why we say at Water Saver if you want to practice water conservation then you need to start in the bathroom.

How to Determine if Your Ticket is a Low Flow Fixture

  • Put down the seat and check for the flush volume stamp between the seat and tank. If the stamp reads “1.6 gpf or 1.28 gpf,” your toilet is already a low-flow model.
  • Take off the lid and check for a flush volume stamp or a date stamp inside the tank. The stamp may be on the walls of the tank or on the lid itself. Look for model numbers and brands, you may be able to find it online.

The date is generally the month and year it was produced and the number, if followed by L, represents liters of water used with each flush. Based on the year, the toilet uses the following gallons of water per flush (gpf).

  • Before 1985: 5 to 7 gpf (gallons); 18.93 – 26.5 liters
  • 1985 -1994: 3.5 gpf; 13.25 liters
  • After 1994: 1.6 gpf (excluding Lamosa)
  • Mandatory January 1, 2016: All toilets sold or installed in California must be 1.28 GPF or less

Essentially, if you don’t have a high-efficiency toilet you may be flushing money down the proverbial toilet. But fear not you don’t have to run off a buy a new toilet. You can purchase a dual flush toilet retrofit kit to help you reduce your monthly water bills and conserve water within your home.

In addition, the payback time for a conversion kit is dramatically shorter than purchasing a new high-efficiency toilet. Especially if you consider the payback period ranges from half a year to several years depending.

In conclusion, if you want to conserve water it’s best to start in the bathroom.