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
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.