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Why Should You Upgrade to a High Efficiency Toilet?

It’s really quite simple – if you aren’t using high-efficiency toilets in your home, you are flushing your money down the drain.

Most homes in Canada still have toilets that consume significantly more water than the high efficiency toilets available today.  If your home is more than ten years old, chances are that your toilets are flushing with 7 to 15 litres more water per flush than necessary.  You could be wasting your money each year by paying for enough water to fill three swimming pools!  Why pay for something you will never use?

Water rates have been rising consistently for the past five years and are projected to continue to rise 7% to 9% in each of the next few years.  The longer you wait to replace your toilets the more it’s going to cost you.

A lot of Canadian municipalities offer toilet rebates to homeowners replacing an older wasteful toilet with a new high efficiency model. Check with your local municipality.  Rebates can be as high as $100 per toilet.

How to choose the right toilet model:

With so many different models available on the market today, it’s important to understand what to look for when buying a new toilet.  The first thing is to ensure the toilet is WaterSense certified.  WaterSense  toilets use a maximum of 4.8 lpf and pass a minimum performance standard of flushing 350 grams (MaP score).

Maximum Performance (MaP) is a measure of how much waste material a toilet will consistently flush, with 1,000 grams being the maximum rating.

Types of toilets available:

Low-Flow Toilets – toilets with a maximum flush volume of 6 litres per flush (1.6 gallons) are recognized as “low-flow” in Canada.

High Efficiency Toilets (HET) or Dual-Flush

Use a maximum of 4.8 litres (1.28 gallons) per single flush toilet, or may be a dual-flush fixture, using 6 lpf for the higher (solids) volume flush, and 3 lpf for the lower (liquids) flush.

Ultra High Efficiency Toilets (UHET)

Use 3 litres (0.8 gallons) of water per flush or less.  The Canadian-designed Proficiency, is the most efficient flushing toilet in the world, using only 3 litres to effectively flush both solids and liquids in one single flush—that’s 37% less water than HET’s.

Toilet bowls

Toilet bowls come in two basic shapes: round-front or elongated.  Elongated bowls are oval shaped for maximum comfort and usually come in ‘comfort height,’which is close to average chair seat height.  Toilets also come in one or two pieces, with one-piece toilets being more aesthetic and easier to clean.

Measurements needed to install your new toilet

The most important measurement you will need is the “rough-in”.  Measure on the floor from the wall behind the toilet to the centre of the closest floor bolts.  Make sure your new toilet’s rough-in will fit in your bathroom without hitting the wall.  Also measure the height of any counters or vanity shelving units above the toilet tank. You want to make sure your new toilet’s height will fit underneath any overhanging shelves.

This guest post has been brought to you by: Water Matrix™, the leading source for water efficiency products and services in Canada. We provide auditing, analysis, implementation, and monitoring services to the Commercial, Institutional, Multi – Residential, and Individual Homeowner sectors. As the Canadian Distributor of the Proficiency 3.0 lpf UHET toilet and Zero Flush Urinal and manufacturer of the UTC Sentinel® urinal flushing system, we also offer our customers an array of water-saving products.

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