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There have been many advances in the world of toilets over the past decade, as many of today's high-efficiency models average 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf) while pre-1980s toilets could use up to five gallons or more. According to the New York Times, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is trying to put a plan in action that will provide tenants and landlords with a $125 voucher to replace the aging commodes.

The new program is expected to cover nearly 800,000 new toilets in the Big Apple, which should add up to nearly 30 million gallons of water saved.

"Water costs are roughly a penny for every gallon," Farrell Sklerov, a spokesman for the Department of Environmental Conservation told the news source. "Say three and a half cents per flush - that'd be a savings."

The plan has yet to be put into action, as the city is still trying to find a company to recycle the thousands of old toilets into building materials, bathroom fixtures and other bathroom accessories.

High-efficiency toilets are one of the best improvements you can make in your home that can pay dividends immediately. What other green tips do you have for homeowners looking to limit their impact on the environment?



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