It just may be the most important seat in your house. When everybody gets up in the morning, it’s the first place we go, and the last at night. Call it what you will – the john, the head, the loo, the porcelain throne – the toilet is an integral part of your home, and as such it must work properly. Those of you who have become eco-minded and seek to take measures to “green” your home may have looked into environmentally friendly plumbing options. A low-flush toilet is such an item, but you really have to ask yourself … is it worth it?
Let’s face it, if you have a large household, the bathroom is used quite often. When you consider how small children need to adjust to proper bathroom procedure – that is, not stuffing the bowl with toilet paper so you don’t see water anymore – a low-flush model may not be the best thing right now. Nonetheless, there are advantages to having one, so bear these factors in mind as you look for ways to green your living space.
1) Low-flush toilets help conserve water. Enough water is wasted in the bathroom as it is, between teeth brushing and running the shower to get warm. You want to save where you can, and a low-flusher is designed not to use more than a gallon or two per use.
2) These types of commodes are also smaller in size. Because they do not use as much water, the tank is not as large as a standard toilet’s. If you have space concerns in a small bathroom, this can be considered an advantage.
3) Cost effectiveness is another factor in the bathroom fixture market. A low-flusher can save you money in the long run, and as they become more popular in homes they may be more affordable than other models.
4) Depending on where you live, you may be subject to water conservation laws. These are the rulings that limit when you can water your lawn and do other things. Having a low-flush throne can help keep you a law-abiding citizen.
5) Though the toilets conserve, they are known to last. Provided you keep it in place, the wax seals could last as long as 30 years.
For an eco-friendly environment at home, start with the rooms used most often. Replacing your water-heavy toilet with a low-flushing alternative is one way to save money and the planet at the same time.