Environment friendliness is a trend that has caught on fast, bringing with it terms like energy-efficiency and water-efficiency. These terms indicate a growing focus on climate change, environmental impact, and corporate responsibility (in the case of commercial clients).
If you are building your home anytime soon or replacing toilets in an existing home, you should consider using eco-friendly elements. The experts at SPS Plumbers have put together this list of things to consider when selecting a low flush toilet:
1. The Toilet Design
- Correctly measure the diameter of the opening and check if it is larger than the opening of the traditional model.
- While the price of the toilet is an important aspect, do not lose sight of practical elements.
- Ensure that the trap at the bottom of the bowl is wider. Typically, 12 to 18 litres of water per flush is required for a toilet with a narrow bottom and small opening size. As against this, modern designs use only 4.5 to 4.8 litres of water per flush because they dispose off the waste powerfully. This saves about 50% water per flush.
- Water Efficiency Labelling Standards (WELS) of the Australian Government limits the flushes of toilets to a maximum of 5.5 litres. Modern toilet designs must be compliant with this standard.
2. Types of Toilets
You have the option to choose from two types of toilets; these are gravity-fed and pressure-assisted toilets.
- Gravity-Fed Toilets– These toilets are installed in both residential and commercial premises. When you flush this toilet, water flows from the tank into the bowl, pushing down the waste. While these toilets are cheaper than the pressure-assisted toilets, they are not so efficient in handling waste in large amounts.
- Pressure-assisted toilets– A positive feature of these toilets is the use of less water because they use air pressure. They are also more powerful and handle a larger amount of waste in a single flush. These useful features make them more expensive while their higher flushing power makes them noisier.
3. Opt for Dual-Flush Toilets
- The dual-flush toilet has two buttons designed to dispose of waste with different volumes of water.
- Pushing the smaller button releases 3 litres of water.
- If you want to flush out solid waste, use the larger button that releases 4.5 litres of water.
- Dual flush models are available for both the gravity-fed and pressure-assisted models
- Prices of dual flush models are higher than single flush models. However, they save water and reduce water bills.
4. Star Ratings
- Low flush toilets with dual flush technology are efficient and carry a 4-star rating.
- Low-flush toilets also come with a 5-star rating and are available in the Australian market. These models, with an integrated hand basin, use greywater to flush the toilet. The government report indicates that these toilets use less than 3 litres of water on average.
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