If you're looking for a way to reduce your utility bills and do something good for the environment at the same time, it's worth taking a good look at your home's plumbing fixtures. Older fixtures can waste a lot more water than you may realize, and a few simple changes can often make a significant difference. TOILETS The toilet can be one of the largest water users in your home. While toilets manufactured after 1994 are mandated by law to use 1.6 gallons of water per flush, most toilets manufactured between about 1980 and 1993 use 3.5 gallons, and pre-1980 models can use as much as 7 gallons of water every time you press that handle down. One of the most obvious ways to save on water usage is to replace your older toilets with a new one. After some initial problems with the low-flow toilets of the mid-90s, when the reduced-water flush got a bad rap from not handling its waste disposal chores very well, manufacturers made significant design changes that greatly improved the ...
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