The Benefits of a Low-Flush Toilet

June 14, 2016

With steady population growth along the Colorado Front Range, and increasingly unpredictable climate and weather trends, water conservation continues to be a growing area of concern for current and future Colorado homeowners. Using less water every time you flush your toilet is an easy and effective way to reduce your overall water consumption. Learn more about low-flush toilet options and discover how impactful these devices can be when it comes to saving water.

How Low-Flush Toilets Came to Be

Before the mid-1990s, most toilets used 3.5 or more gallons of water with each flush. To eliminate this excessive water usage, the National Energy Policy Act determined that all toilets manufactured after 1995 must use 1.6 gallons or less. Today, all new toilets are low flush and can do the job just as effectively as the more water-intensive versions, without all the waste.

Why You’ll Appreciate a Low-Flush Toilet

Whether you want to make less of an impact on the environment or you simply want to save money, you’ll appreciate a low-flush toilet. These devices cut water consumption by as much as four times and can reduce your household’s water usage by over 20,000 gallons a year. This means low-flush toilets can help your household save up to $100 a year on water costs.

What Low-Flush Toilet Designs Are Available

When you’re shopping for a low-flush toilet, you’ll usually find three basic designs. Choose the right one for your home and budget:

Gravity-Fed Tank: This relatively common type relies on gravity to remove waste. Gravity-fed tanks are some of the least expensive toilets.

Two-Button Flush: This type of toilet has two different flush options, each with a different amount of water. Two-button flush toilets tend to be in the middle of the price range.

Pressure-Assisted: This toilet relies on compressed air to flush effectively. Pressure-assisted toilets are powerful and more expensive than other options.

Which Low-Flush Toilets Are Best for Your Home

At Save Home Heat, we typically recommend TOTO brand low-flush toilets, but also handle quality products from American Standard and others. TOTO is a hundred-year-old company, and takes great pride in producing some of the best products on the market, and never stops innovating. They are one of the industry leaders in terms of design and sustainability, especially when it comes to low-flush toilets. Take a closer look at some of the most innovative TOTO models:

Carusoe: This two-piece toilet uses 1.6 gallons per flush and relies on a gravity flushing system. It comes standard with an elongated bowl and a variety of available tanks to meet your bathroom’s requirements.

Maris: This dual-flush toilet uses 0.9 gallons per flush for liquids and 1.28 gallons per flush for solids.

UltraMax II: For serious water conservation, opt for this one-gallon-per-flush toilet. It’s a one-piece device and uses a signature Tornado Flush system.

Isn’t it time you upgraded to a low-flush toilet in your home? Contact Save Home Heat for expert assistance with purchasing and installation today: 303-963-9413.