These days, more people than ever are jumping on the “eco-friendly” bandwagon and considering the environmental effects of their purchases.
Industries are gradually switching to renewable energy sources in addition to developing earth-friendly products. Investing in your planet’s health is now easier than ever!
When it comes to home construction and renovations, there are a ton of things you can do that can be seen as eco-friendly. There are also a lot of utilities designed to save you resources and hence save you money over the long term.
Environmental gains aside, one of the biggest selling points for these items is their ability to save homeowners money over the long-term.
While the upfront cost for these products is typically greater than traditional models, the cost-of-energy savings over time will pay off that initial investment in no time. For this reason, you’ll want to consider the eco-friendly route when selecting a new toilet for your bathroom renovation.
By far, the most popular eco-friendly toilet model is the dual-flush toilet.
Different forms of waste require varying levels of water for flushing. So why use the same amount of water for every flush?
Here’s where dual-flush toilets come in. These eco-friendly beauties offer two flush options:
- Full-flush mode: This option utilizes around 1.6 gallons of water and is designed to be just as powerful as traditional-style toilets.
- Half-flush mode: When you need less water to flush, the half-flush feature uses less than a single gallon of water. You can even purchase higher efficiency versions to further reduce water consumption.
Compared to single-flush toilets, dual-flush toilets can reduce your water usage by about 20% per year!
But is it worth transitioning to a dual-flush toilet if you have an older single-flush system?
Jake from Sydney Home Centre has been selling and promoting these types of toilets to many clients. In his experience in the home renovation business, he’s discovered:
“Single-flush systems use about 1.28 to 1.6 gallons of water per flush. Meanwhile, a dual-flush system averages 0.8 gallons for a half-flush but rises to 1.6 gallons for a full flush.
This data means you can save a significant amount of water by using a dual-flush system, but you must be conscientious of using the right mode. For example, use a half-flush when disposing of liquid waste or loose solids. Go for the full-flush for very solid wastes; that way you won’t have to flush twice or risk confusion about what type of flush you need.”
For optimal efficiency and performance, choose toilets that come with a WaterSense label. If you’re replacing a particularly old toilet system, these new toilets can result in savings between 20%-60%.
Considering toilets consume about 30% of a household’s water supply, you can plan on reducing your entire water bill by about 20%. Not bad, right?
Their environmentally friendly design and financial perks are not the only advantages of dual-flush toilets, though.
Dual flush toilets typically utilize gravity instead of old-fashioned pressure siphoning. The gravity system is actually more powerful, and its larger trapway reduces clogging.
All in all, dual-flush toilets are a superior choice compared to many traditional toilet designs out there, benefiting the environment and your wallet!