Individuals considering a bathroom renovation or those who just want to install a more efficient toilet may want to contact their city or state government to see if rebates exist.
Many locations throughout the U.S. and Canada offer consumers who replace their current toilet with a new, ultra low-flow toilet money back for their purchase. For example, the south Florida community of Tamarac recently announced that residents can receive rebates of up to $175 for replacing older, inefficient toilets with new, water-saving models.
"We'd like to replace old toilets [that use water] greater than 1.6 gallons per flush," Fran Oney, laboratory manager at Tamarac's water treatment plant, told the Sun Sentinel. "Some have five gallons per flush and those are the ones we'd really like to get. If it's more than 10 years old it should be replaced."
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of residential indoor water consumption. Experts say replacing older models with a WaterSense-certified toilet can save as much as 4,000 gallons of water each year.
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