Bob Vila Radio: Low-Flush Toilets

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Published Sep 9, 2012 5:00 AM

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Did you know that you could save 20% on your water bill just by replacing your toilet? Most conventional toilets hog 3 1/2 gallons or more of water. And the U.S. flushes nearly five billion gallons of this precious resource every day.

Low-Flush Toilets



Listen to BOB VILA ON LOW-FLUSH TOILETS, or read the text below:

But this is the dawn of a new generation. Low-flush toilets use 1.6 gallons per flush, and now high-efficiency toilets (or HETs) using 1.28 gallons per flush are fast becoming the standard.

They’re a little more expensive, but in some thirsty places like California, homeowners can get big rebates for replacing their old toilets. The job can pay for itself in a couple of years.

To make sure they’re up to any challenge, low-flush toilets have undergone some serious design changes to the bowl, trap, and waterflow. Some have pressure-assisted flushing, a glossier trapway finish to reduce drag, and even a dual flush option.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on toilets, consider:

Low-Flow Toilets
Quick Tip: Unclog a Toilet
Bob Vila Radio: Replacing a Toilet