You see dual-flush toilets in hotels, restaurants and shopping malls but would you consider one for your home?
My girlfriend who has three kids under 7 just installed a dual-flush toilet in their downstairs bathroom. It is next to the family room and is the toilet the kids use the most.
My friend was replacing the toilet anyways (more than 20 years old) and felt like she would save water and money by installing it. (She paid about $200 at Home Depot but then saw it for around $100 at Costco so look around before you buy.)
The kids are loving it and especially enjoy bringing guests into the bathroom to explain the system. (You press this side if you just pee and this side if you poop.) Her 5-year-old is particularly adept at describing what happens in the toilet.
“The average American uses 100 to 176 gallons of water each day. The average African family uses 5 gallons of water each day. There are easy steps you can take to dramatically reduce your daily water usage.”
“How much water will dual-flush toilets save?
Caroma, the manufacturer of our toilets, estimates that you can reduce your toilet’s annual water usage by 80%. The average American uses more than 18 gallons of water for toilet flushing. With an 80% reduction, this amount is reduced to about 3.5 gallons, saving about 15 gallons per day, a dramatic decrease in water use and improvement in efficiency.”
“How long does it take before the dual-flush toilets pay for themselves?
Toilet installation by a plumber generally costs about $125 per toilet, and the toilets themselves cost a little over $400. This puts the total price at $525. Assuming you save 15 gallons per day, this means the toilet would probably pay for itself in about 3–4 years in water savings.”
“Are there any other advantages to using this type of toilet?
Improvements in toilet technology mean these new toilets not only save water, but also are easy to maintain and rarely become clogged.”
So what do you think? Do dual-flush toilets make sense in a household of kids? Would you be willing to change out toilets that are not necessarily having problems for the water savings? Do you think the kids could master the two-button system?