Going Green is at the forefront of any homeowner’s mind. Not only does the choice to Go Green help protect the environment, but it can save you money in the long run. As climate science continues to urge us all to think of and implement ways to be more resource efficient, technology is equally giving us the means to do so. One precious resource we could all stand to conserve is water. Your bathroom is a great place to start and high-efficiency, low-flow toilets have got you covered. But what’s the full sitch? Are they a good addition to your new bathroom?
Old Vs. New
On the outside, they look almost exactly the same. There might be some difference in the sleekness of styles. The main difference between regular and high-efficiency cammodes is the amount of water it uses to flush waste down its pipes. The traditional model uses around 7 gallons of water per flush. How many times a day do you flush your toilet? More than once, that’s for sure. High-efficiency toilets, however, use only 1.6 gallons of water, some use even less. On average, these low-flow toilets save up to 35 gallons of water in a single day. So how does this break down?
Pro: Less Water, Means Less Money
When you use less water to flush your toilet, you not only save an important natural resource, but you also save money on your water bills. A highly attractive feature for any homeowner.
Con: Higher Up-Front Costs
Let’s go ahead, flip it and reverse it already. While you will save money on your water bills over time, the initial cost of installation will be significantly higher than a traditional toilet. If you’re doing a bathroom remodel or renovation, this could take up a bit of your budget.
Pro: Low-Flow, Low-Maintenance
Not only will this toilet save money on water, you’ll save money on repairs. High-efficiency toilets are known to be extremely durable. Breaking down less often means that you’ll spend less on repairs and have fewer moments with an out-of-order water closet.
Con: Trouble With Clogs
Unfortunately, the biggest drawback to these toilets is that because they use so little water to get rid of waste they are also more susceptible to clogged pipes. Or, you’ll end up having to flush the toilet more often. Don’t be fooled, though. Unlike what some people are saying, it won’t take 15 flushes to get rid of a dirty job. It may just take two instead of one. But even then, you’re still using less water than the traditional toilet by about 4 gallons. The best way around this is by making sure to use less toilet paper, and putting hygiene products in the trash and not down the pipes.
As you can see, the pros and cons are relatively balanced. If you’re still on the fence about whether or not to choose a newer model of high-efficiency porcelain throne then you can always call your plumber for the full details and their professional opinion on the matter.