Wendy's Weekly Water Tip: Replace Your Old Toilet

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If you decide that it's time for a toilet replacement in your home or business, you are well on your way to significant water savings.  Toilets made before 1993 use 3.5 to 8 gallons of water per flush (gpf). High efficiency toilets manufactured after 1993 use 1.6 gpf or less. (You can find the date of manufacture of most toilets on the underside of the tank lid.) Toilets labeled by the EPA’s WaterSense program consume only 1.28 gpf without sacrificing performance.  These nifty new toilets cost less than you think!  You can get a good high-efficiency dual-flush toilet for under $200.  Considering that a family of four can save over 20,000 gallons of water per year by switching, these toilets will more than pay for themselves over time. 

Not ready to replace? Other ways to increase your toilet’s efficiency are to make sure your flapper is working properly, only flush when necessary, don’t use your toilet as a wastebasket, and regularly check for leaks.