Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for approximately 30 percent of residential indoor water consumption. Toilets also happen to be a major source of wasted water due to leaks and/or inefficiency. SavewaterNY is dedicated to offering our clients high-performance, water-efficient toilets that significantly reduce water use in the home and help preserve the New York's water resources and saving money on water and sewer charges.
All new toilets are designed not exceed 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf ). High-efficiency toilets (HETs) go beyond the standard and use less than 1.3 gpf. How Much Can HETs Save? Over the course of your lifetime, you will likely flush the toilet nearly 140,000 times. If you install a HET, you can save 4,000 gallons per year and your children can save as much as 300,000 gallons during their lifetime.
When an apartment replaced one of it its 3.5 gpf toilets made between 1980 and 1994 with an HET, they could save more than $90 annually on their water bill, and $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilets. Savings could be as much as two to three times that amount if the toilets being replaced leak, or are models that uses 5.0 gpf or more.
Unlike first generation "low-flow" toilets, newer HETs will combine high efficiency with high performance. Design advances enable the newest HETs to save water with no trade-off in flushing power. In fact, many perform better than standard toilets in consumer testing.
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Most people believe that long showers or leaving the water running while brushing your teeth is the greatest waste water but actually it is the toilet. Each household member flushes the toilet four or more times daily on average, accounting for more than 20 gallons per person per day. If the toilets in your building were installed before 1994, they likely account for 40% of the household's total use of water.
There are new options to save water including dual flush toilets that feature two buttons: one for liquid waste, the other for solid waste. The idea here is that less water is needed to rid the bowl of liquid than solids. The user can choose to use either .8 gallons or 1.6. The average of the two - .95 gpf - makes a dual flush model a very water conservational toilet.
There are an estimated 100 million toilets in the US still using as much as 3.5 to 7 gallons of water each time they are flushed. The water hog toilets use water above the 1.6 maximum set by the National Energy Policy Act for toilets sold after 1994.
The new High Efficiency Toilets and Dual Flush Toilets conserve water and deliver high performance (flushing power). Flushing power is often rated using what is known as The MaP (Maximum Performance) score. MaP is measure of flush performance of solid waste and water usage. A good Map score is typically over 600+.