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5 Tips for Choosing a Low-Flow Toilet

September 4, 2009 By Willem Maas


Whether your motivation is environmental responsibility, saving money, or meeting building codes, installing a more efficient toilet is an effective and easy way to upgrade your home. Toilets consume an average of 20.1 gallons of water per person, per day in a home with no water-conserving fixtures, according to the American Water Works Association. That’s nearly 30 percent of an average home’s daily per-person indoor water use. Upgrading from a 3.5 gpf (gallons per flush) toilet to a 1.6 gpf model will reduce one person’s annual water use from 27,300 gallons to 12,500 gallons, according to the Federal Energy Management Program. Low-flow toilets save money, too: Replacing the showerheads and toilets in their home is saving Atlanta homeowners Judith and Tim Vanderver $148 per month on their water bill. When low-flow toilets were introduced in 1994, stories of double flushing and clogging were widespread. But 1.6 gpf low-flow toilets have improved dramatically, and homeowner satisfaction has improved with them.To increase the odds that your low-flow toilet experience will be positive, here’s what you should know before you buy:
 
1  While the technologies vary, what really matters is performance.

While the “behind the seat” technologies (dual flush, single flush, gravity fed, and pressure assist) vary, what really matters is performance. The key measure of a toilet’s performance is how well it removes waste with a single flush. To assess performance, toilets have been tested since 1978 on their ability to flush up to 100 3/4-inch plastic balls. Other tests have been devised—by the manufacturers themselves, magazines like Consumer Reports, and third parties like the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Research Center—often with conflicting results. One new testing protocol, called Maximum Performance (MaP) testing, has gained the support of 22 U.S. and Canadian water utilities as well as toilet manufacturers and government agencies. To better simulate real-world conditions, MaP testing uses soybean paste. The latest test results are published on the California Urban Water Conservation Council (CUWCC) website.

2  You’ll need a tool beside your toilet: do you prefer a plunger or a brush?

Toilets use either a siphonic or a wash-down method to remove waste from the bowl. The siphonic method, more common in North America, creates a siphon action that “pulls” waste from the bowl. The wash-down method, common in Europe, “pushes” waste out of the bowl. Because Europe has become a key market for dual-flush toilets, most dual-flush models use the wash-down method.With the wash-down method, a much larger (up to four inches) trapway reduces clogging, but the smaller surface area of water in the bowl causes more of the dreaded “skid marks.” Siphonic designs provide a larger water spot, so there are fewer skid marks to clean. But the smaller trapway needed to create the siphonic action can result in more clogging.

3  Look for models that meet the new High Efficiency Toilet (HET) standard to maximize water and money savings.

The new HET standard defines a HET fixture as one that flushes at 20 percent below the 1.6 gpf maximum (that is, it has a maximum of 1.3 gpf). The CUWCC has published a list of HET incentive programs (PDF - Download) in California, Washington, Colorado, and Massachusetts.

4  In general, more expensive does not mean better.

When shopping for a new toilet, remember that there is little correlation between price and performance: Paying more for a toilet will not guarantee better flush performance! You can find single-flush toilets with excellent performance for less than $100, says John Koeller, technical advisor to the CUWCC. Prices for dual-flush toilets start at about $175. However, Koeller says, “good old competition among the manufacturers is driving dual-flush toilets down in price, bringing them closer to their single-flush cousins.”

5  To ensure comfort, try out a variety of toilets with different heights, seat shapes and rim designs.

Toilets come in a variety of designs. Introduced to meet requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 17- to 19-inch toilets have become popular and are marketed as “comfort height.” Bowls are available in elongated and round designs. While each has its proponents on the basis of comfort, there are space considerations. Before leaving on your toilet shopping trip, measure your bathroom to make sure there’s enough space for a toilet with an elongated bowl. Koeller advises measuring not only the dimensions of your bathroom but also the distance from the floor flange bolt holes to the rear wall (known as the rough-in dimension). “Older homes, which tend to have smaller bathrooms, also tend to be sized for a 10-inch rough-in (rather than the 12-inch that is common in newer homes),” he says.

 Water Saver Toilets
Dual Flush Toilets
 

A dual-flush toilet is a variation of the flush toilet that uses two buttons or handles to flush different levels of water.

 
Convert your Toilet to Dual Flush

The Flush Right quickly and easily turns most standard toilets into water-saving, two button toilets. This unique item slips over your standard flush valve converting your existing toilet to dual flush technology.

Other manufactures available.

 
1.6 Gallon Flush Toilets
 

A low-flow toilet is a flush toilet that uses significantly less water than a full-flush toilet. Low-flow toilets use 6 liters (1.6 gallons) or less per flush as opposed to 13.2 liters (about 3.5 gallons) as was the norm years ago.

 

Water–Efficient Showerheads


Showering is one of the leading ways we use water in the home, accounting for nearly 17 percent of residential indoor water use – for the average family, that adds up to nearly 40 gallons per day. That’s nearly 1.2 trillion gallons of water used in the United States annually just for showering, or enough to supply the water needs of New York and New Jersey for a year! By retrofitting your showerheads with WaterSense labeled models, you can save a considerable amount of this water.

 

Shower with Power Did you know that standard showerheads use 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm)? Water–saving showerheads that earn the WaterSense label must demonstrate that they use no more than 2.0 gpm. The WaterSense label also ensures that these products provide a satisfactory shower that is equal to or better than conventional showerheads on the market. EPA worked with a variety of stakeholders—including consumers who tested various showerheads—to develop criteria for water coverage and spray intensity. All products bearing the WaterSense label—including water–efficient showerheads—must be independently certified to ensure they meet EPA water efficiency and performance criteria.

 

WaterSense Savings

The average family could save 2,900 gallons per year by installing WaterSense labeled showerheads. Since these water savings will reduce demands on water heaters, they will also save energy. In fact, the average family could save more than 370 kilowatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power a house for 13 days.