August 23rd, 2008
If you purchased your toilet before 1994, you might want to begin your quest for sustainable living with a greener latrine. Thirteen years ago, before 1.6 gallon-flush toilets became mandatory, toilets used between three and seven gallons per flush (GPF). Today there are innovations in the toilet industry which put the 1.6 models to shame.
Australian-based Caroma sells an inventive dual flush toilet, which offers two different flushes for liquid or solid waste. (Flush number one takes only 0.8 gallons, while flush number two uses 1.6.) According to the EPA, the average family uses 280 gallons of water a day, and toilets account for about 27 percent of that. Even if you already have a 1.6 GPF toilet, switching to a dual flush will save you 28 gallons a day, adding up to 10,000 gallons a year! Caroma’s Dual Flush costs slightly more than a standard toilet, but you’ll make your money back over a few years in reduced water bills.