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Save Water With A High Efficiency Lavatory

By Sydney Easterling

Did you know that the residential toilet is responsible for nearly 30% of virtually all home water usage, and leaking toilet pipes are a major source of water loss. This enormous use of water prompted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Country to sponsor a program known as WaterSense to help those making acquisitions of toilets to find high-efficiency toilets for sale which might be extremely water-efficient to assist the nation save water by reducing its water and wastewater use within the home.

High Efficiency Toilets

The definition of a high efficiency toilet is determined in the United States by federal law. The standards in the US are likely to be different to those in other parts of the world, and it is worth looking at your own country’s standards for comparison. In America, any new toilet must be able to provide a single flush and not use more than 1.6 gallons per flush. In contrast, the high efficiency models must use no more than 1.26 gpf, a reduction in consumption of around 20 percent. This saving, if rolled out across the country, could result in some large savings. To gain the Watersense tag, a strict process of laboratory testing and certification must take place.

But Do They Work ?

As to whether HET toilets can offer the same flushing power and bowl cleaning performance as normal toilets, the news is good. Due to advances in flush technology, the HET toilet provides excellent and reliable flushing and bowl cleaning with no loss of power. These toilets actually clean the bowl more effectively than standard toilets.

What Financial savings May be Made?

By changing your old 3.5 gallons per flush toilet for a modern HET one, you could reduce your water consumption by 4000 gallons per year. Over the lifetime of that new toilet unit, you could make savings of over $2000 or more. Put in a second HET toilet and the money saved really starts to look good. And the purchase price of that new toilet is a fraction of the savings you will make.

High Efficiency Toilet Makers

Just about all the main toilet producers are now offering high efficiency low-flow and dual flush toilets for sale to the market. American Standard, Toto, Kohler, Eljer and Gerber all provide the HET alternative. Caroma, Mansfield and Niagara are some of the lesser know manufacturers also providing these low consumption toilet designs.

When so many things appear uncertain, such as rising water prices, environmental uncertainty, droughts etc, it is a great time to consider adorning your home with an HET toilet. Rebates are often available and these can make fitting an HET toilet very sound economic sense.

If you want to know more about toilets for sale, check out Orlando’s website at, where he provides objective reviews of a wide range of toilets and accessories including the stylish toto toilets range.

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