Back in 1994, when high-efficiency toilets became the law of the land, no one really wanted to install something called a “low-flow” toilet.
Homeowners didn’t mind the idea of using less water, but the fact that these toilets weren’t very good at flushing effectively made many people eager to hold onto their old residential plumbing fixtures. Many homeowners even began looking for used pre-1994 toilets at garage and yard sales!
Thankfully, a lot has changed since then. Toilet manufacturers have made significant design modifications and, today, these fixtures are very well worth the investment. Today, upgrading to a high-efficiency toilet can really pay off for Utah homeowners — in more ways than one.
No. 1: High-Efficiency Toilets Help Utah Homeowners Save Water
Old (pre-1994) toilets need as much as 7 gallons of water per flush. The federal standard for low-flow toilets is 1.6 gallons – less than one-fourth as much as the old plumbing fixtures required!
Some of the latest models save even more water. Recent technological advancements allow a high-efficiency toilet to leverage gravity and work efficiently with just 1.28 gallons per flush. Pressure-assisted low-flow toilets use even less, disposing of waste with as little as 0.8 gallons.
No. 2: Low-Flow Toilets Help Utah Homeowners Save Money
When you save a significant amount of water per flush, you’ll see big savings on your monthly water bills. Over the course of a year, you can cut your utility costs by hundreds of dollars if you upgrade to high-efficiency toilets throughout your home.
And that’s not the only way you can save money. Some states and municipalities offer rebates and savings vouchers for switching to low-flow toilets, which helps make the investment pay off faster.
No. 3: High-Efficiency Fixtures Offer Improved Performance
Saving water and saving money wouldn’t mean much if high-efficiency toilets didn’t work well. Fortunately, the latest models offer much better performance and reliability than the toilets of yesteryear.
Today’s low-flow toilets have wider trap-ways to promote fast, efficient waste disposal. And, most have incredible flushing power, which helps to prevent toilet clogs. This means you’ll need to call your favorite local plumbing contractor less often too!
No. 4: Low-Flow Fixtures Can Boost Your Utah Home Value
You may not be interested in selling your home now, but improving your home value is always a good ideal.
Trading up for more efficient plumbing fixtures makes your property more environmentally-friendly, which is a desirable selling point for most of today’s home buyers. Home buyers appreciate energy efficiency and water-saving home improvements, and upgrading your toilets can help you get a better price when you do eventually put your home on the market.
Are you ready to upgrade to a high-efficiency toilet, or to learn more about how this technology can benefit you and your family? The experienced plumber experts at American Plumbing Service can remove your old fixture and install a new one while making sure that your connections are good shape.
American Plumbing Services is known for providing expert fixture installation and superior customer service at an affordable price, for homeowners throughout Utah, Salt Lake and the surrounding counties. For more information about upgrading to a high-efficiency toilet, contact our Provo, Utah, office today to schedule a consultation.