Water-wise tip: Install high-efficiency toilets

Published: Saturday, May. 10, 2014 - 12:00 am

This is part of a weekly feature in Home & Garden, highlighting ways residents can save water.

•  Install a high-efficiency Water Sense-labeled toilet.

About 30 percent of all water used inside the home goes toward flushing toilets. That makes them a major target for water saving. Rated via an efficiency program similar to Energy Star, toilets that earn the Water Sense sticker use 1.28 gallons or less per flush. Toilets manufactured before 1990 often use 3 gallons or more per flush.

A typical household can save 19 gallons per person per day by switching to a more efficient toilet. For a family of four, that adds up to almost 28,000 gallons a year that’s not going down the toilet.

For more tips, visit www.BeWaterSmart.info.

– Debbie Arrington

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