This post is part of a series about bathroom remodeling as well as part of a sub-series on toilets (yes, toilets!). To access either of the lead posts please select one of the links below.
There was a time when the way you used less water per toilet flush was to put a brick or two in the tank.
Although that does reduce your water use somewhat, today you have many more sophisticated options.
5 gpf (gallons per flush)
As you can image, the higher water amounts are for gravity fed toilets, where the flushing mechanism is exclusively the moving of water from the tank into the bowl via the force of gravity. The lesser amounts of water per flush are achieved using assisted flush toilets where a blast of compressed air (which is compressed as the toilet tank refills) blows the water into the bowl from the tank.
Sadly, the state of toilets is not such that you can both save water and save big bucks. Assisted flush toilets cost a lot more than gravity flush toilets and although they need to be rebuilt less often, when they do the parts are significantly less expensive.
So for now, being a good water conserving citizen will cost you more money, but as assisted flush toilets become more common, I expect the price of toilets and replacement parts to fall.
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