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Dual-flush toilets save you more money per flush

December 29, 2008|By ED DEL GRANDE / HGTVPro.com

Q: Hello, Ed, I enjoy your column, but recently spotted a spelling error. In talking about new toilets, you mentioned a "duel"-flush toilet. The correct spelling should have been "dual" as in "two," not meaning "fighting." What exactly is a dual-flush toilet?

-- Robert in Ohio

A: Yes, since there is no internal flushing conflict involved with this type of toilet, I'll make sure I call it a dual-flush toilet from now on, and I'm sorry for the spelling error. I had just been notified by a reliable source that about 51 percent of American households are still using older toilets that flush with over 1.6 gallons per flush. And, about 35 percent of all water used in an average home goes right down the toilet. This is a staggering amount of water being wasted for no reason at all.

If you replace an old water-guzzling toilet with a new 1.3 GPF high-efficiency toilet (HET), you can expect to save 6,000 to 10,000 gallons of water per year, per toilet!

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Nowadays, new types of HETs can actually deliver stronger flushes with less water, and a dual-flush toilet is just such a toilet. Like the name says, a dual flush works with two buttons.

One button delivers a strong, full flush at 1.6 gallons for big jobs, and the second button gives you a strong half-flush option for small jobs.

Bottom line: Switching to a new high-efficiency dual-flush toilet will let you keep your full flush and you will save a lot of water. "Ed Del Grande's House Call" and for hosting TV shows on Scripps Networks and HGTVPro.com. For information visit eddelgrande.com or write eddelgrande@hgtvpro.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

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