Eco-Friendly Toilets

How Much Difference Can Two Separate Flushes Make?

The answer to this question is shocking. Going Green with high efficiency toilets can add up to valuable savings. Contact Pool’s Plumbing for local incentive programs that could result in rebates or over all savings in the replacement of inefficient toilets.


High Efficiency Toilets

Toilets account for approximately 30% of residential indoor water consumption and are a major source of wasted water due to leaks and/or inefficiency. Under federal law, toilets must not exceed 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf). High efficiency toilets (HET’s) go beyond that, using less than 1.3 gpf. The WaterSense label is used on HET’s that are certified by independent lab testing to meet rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency. The advanced technology in design enables these toilets to save water without compromising flushing power. For many people, it’s hard to know where to start when researching plumbing products that conserve water. The WaterSense label makes it easy to find products and services that save water while ensuring performance. WaterSense is a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to promote water-efficient products and practices across the country. WaterSense labeled toilets use at least 20% less water and perform as well as or better than their less efficient counterparts.


Dual Flush Toilets

Dual flush toilets are exactly what they claim to be: toilets that give you the option to choose from two different flushes. Why? Because, to put it plainly, it doesn’t take as much water to send number one packing as it does to get rid of number two. By purchasing a toilet with both a low and high volume flush, you’ll cut the water your toilet uses by more than half, not only saving you a bundle of money over the course of the toilet’s lifetime, but doing some good from an environmental standpoint as well.

How Much Difference Can Two Separate Flushes Make? The answer to this question is shocking. Studies of dual flush toilets show that using a dual flush system as opposed to a conventional one can reduce water consumption by up to 67%. In fact, the water savings are so substantial that several nations, such as water starved Australia, have passed laws requiring that all new toilets installed are of this variety. There are even municipalities in the United States, all from areas where drought is a major concern, where similar statutes have been passed in an effort to conserve dwindling water resources.

Note: Because there are many Dual Flush & HET’s available in today’s marketplace, Poole’s Plumbing, Inc. has a solution no matter what the budget. Please contact us for information and pricing.


EPA WasterSense

Explore WaterSense labeled products, saving water, at the WaterSense website. www.epa.gov/watersense/


Energy Star Product Installer

Learn more about Energy Star at the Energy Star website: www.energystar.gov