Low-Flow Toilets

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Toilets are responsible for nearly 30% of the indoor water consumption in a typical U.S. home. In addition, a toilet made before 1994 can use over three times the water a new toilet uses. This makes the replacement of a home’s existing toilets a high priority when it comes to home and building improvements.

The price for a new toilet installed by a qualified plumber can vary greatly depending on quality, preference, and performance. A standard high-performance toilet that uses 1.28 gallons per flush can be purchased for $150–$500. The installation charges will typically be $250–$500. This puts an average toilet replacement at $500 with both labor and materials. According to the EPA’s WaterSense program, homes that replace older toilets with new WaterSense-labeled toilets can expect a savings of up to $90 per year. That puts the simple payback on an average toilet replacement at just over five years, with an ROI of nearly 20%. Keep in mind that the ROI can be much higher if the installation is done by the homeowner.

Low-Flow Toilets is an exert from ROI-Driven Products: Low-Flow Fixtures by Michael Tolson.

Last modified on Thu, Feb 02, 2012
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