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Is a Low Flow Toilet Worth Installing?

As their name implies, low-flow toilets use far less water than their traditional counterparts do.  Standard toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush according to federal standards. Low-flow toilets use far less than the 1.28 gallons per flush at least. But is a low flow toilet worth installing? Read on for the answers.

The big benefit is the savings on your monthly water bill. Depending on how often you use your toilets, you can save between 20% and 60% each month with a low flow model. The question becomes whether or not that is worthwhile with your family, which again comes back to size. A large family that uses the toilets a lot will enjoy far greater savings that a household with only one or two members. That can make a huge difference in deciding if low flow toilet installation is right for you.

The same can be said of the environmental impact of low flow toilets. Less water use is better for the great outdoors, helping to decrease your carbon footprint and conserve water without disrupting your basic needs. Again, however, that impact becomes much higher in a household with, say, 6 or 7 members than it does for a household of just 1 or 2. The smaller household likely won’t use the toilet very often at home (especially if they spend the day at work or school), while a largely household could use it quite a bit. Low flow toilets will thus make more of an environmental difference in a large household than a small one.

The question or whether a low flow toilet is worth installing comes down to individual circumstances, which means you should talk to a professional first. If you’re looking for a plumber in Wheaton, IL, call on Lifeline Plumbing to help you out. We’ve installed numerous low flow toilets, and we can discuss the benefits and drawbacks with you before you schedule an installation. Give us a call today to discuss your options. You’ll be glad you did!