More than 47% of water use in the average American home occurs in the bathroom. Almost 25% of that water is being consumed by your toilet. Toilet use can vary significantly depending on their age. Older toilets use anywhere from 2.5 – 5 gallons all the way up to 7 gallons with every flush. However, federal plumbing standards now specify that new toilets can only use up to 1.6 gallons per flush.
Its true toilets account for the bulk of water use, by far more than any other water consuming product in your home. For example, you have an older toilet chances are it’s using a whopping 6 gallons per flush. You’re not only wasting water but you’re flushing your hard-earned cash down the drain.
Water Saving Toilet vs. Regular Toilet
So, how exactly does a high-efficiency toilet compare to a regular toilet?
New energy efficient toilets typically use about 1.6 gallons per flush. When you consider that your toilet may be flushed as many as 5 times per day you can easily use 15 – 35 gallons of water per day!
With a high-efficiency toilet, you can save up to 28 gallons of water a week.
Over a year you can easily save up to thousands of gallons by simply converting your toilet. If for example, you have a large family then a high-efficiency toilet is certainly a must.
How much water toilets use per flush?
|Type of Toilet
|Toilet Consumption (Gallons Per Flush)
|Average Flushes Per Day
|Estimated Gallons Used Per Person Per Year
Curious about how much water your toilet uses per flush?
Oftentimes, manufacturers will stamp their toilet’s water usage per flush on the inside of the tank. Or, you can find the water usage on the “neck” of the toilet bowl. If all else fails then determining the age of your toilet is the key to figuring out its water use. Plumbing standards passed in 1992 required that toilets use no more than 1.6 GPF, so if your toilet was installed prior to 1992, then it likely uses 3.5-7 GPF.
Conserving Water In The Bathroom
If you have an older toilet and buying a new one is currently out of the question then don’t worry there are other options to conserve water. You can convert your current toilet into a water-efficient toilet. You can use a water-saving kit or you can retrofit it. Our water-saving toilet kits have all the tools you need to convert your single-flush toilet into a high-efficient dual flush toilet.