Saving Money One Flush At A Time

These days it seems like everybody is trying to save money. Blame the economy, right? As inflation rises, so do our grocery, fuel, and power bills. Don’t forget your water bill though, and that’s where proper plumbing and household smart-buys come into play.

Take your toilet for example. I know, toilet’s are a taboo topic unless you’re a plumber right? Well in case you didn’t know, toilets are now more efficient than ever and that’s good news for your water bill. You see, in 1992 the government enacted the Energy Policy and Conservation Act. This legislation created new water-use regulations for new toilets, faucets, and even showerheads. The new toilet standard changed from 3.5 gallon per flush toilets (that your parents had) to 1.6 gallons per flush. At the time, the news wasn’t effectively popular, but chances are if you’ve had a home built after 1994, your toilet flushes 1.6 gallons of water.

At the time that the Energy Policy and Conservation Act was established, there was effectively no guidance or encouragement from government explaining how new toilets should be designed in order to implement the new 1.6 gallons per flush policy. Today, toilet manufacturers have designed models that actually work better than the old models that many people still have in their own homes, but it was a long time coming. Within the past few years studies have been conducted as a follow-up to the energy conscious bill and whether new toilets are better than the older ones.

So how would plumbing supply companies test the new toilets versus the older ones? The analysis would be based upon performance, flush volume, water-spot area, and even the trap diameter. Additionally, sponges and paper were utilized to simulate waste. How much of this waste remained in both older as well as the newer toilets would give researchers an idea of efficiency.

So what was the result? The newer models clearly outperformed the older-model toilets, even though the newer ones used 1.6 gallons of water versus the older toilets that consumed an average of 3.5 gallons. When you add up the thousands of flushes per year from your own older-model toilet, you can do the math and realize that there is some serious money saving potential there. Best of all, because Quick Response offers some of the most competitive plumbing rates around, your new toilet makes financial sense. Give us a call today!

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