One of the most effective ways to reduce the total water consumption in your Denver home’s plumbing is to replace your existing toilet with a low flow alternative. In the past, toilets were one of the greatest water consumers in a modern home, whereas today they are much more efficient, with some models offering as little as one half of the consumption per flush.
When they were new, low flow toilets were often assumed to not work quite as well as regular toilets, and that was certainly sometimes the case. This is no longer true, however, as the technology has been largely perfected and clogs are much less frequent.
Second, low flow toilets are generally quite affordable. Whereas once the upgrade to a low flow model could cost quite a bit, today it costs the same or sometimes even a little less than a standard model. Super low flow toilets may cost a bit more, but the savings they offer will more than compensate for the added initial expense over time.
So, how much does a low flow toilet actually save you? To start, consider how much water a traditional toilet consumes – one that is more than 30 years old. Toilets produced before 1980 came in a number of configurations, but some used as much as 7 gallons of water per flush. That means that, on average, the toilet used 40,880 gallons of water per year.
Now, consider that low flow toilets use on average 1.6 gallons per flush and there are even some models that use as little as 1.2 gallons per flush. Even if you have a slightly newer toilet from after 1980, it could use as much as 3.5 gallons per flush. You will save between 11,000 and 35,000 gallons of water per year just by upgrading your toilet. That’s a savings of between 55% and 77% of your water consumption from one simple upgrade.
If you are looking for a simple way to reduce the water consumption in your Denver home, installation of a new low flow toilet is a great place to start. For any upgrades you need for your Denver plumbing, give Bell Plumbing and Heating a call!