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May 20, 2021

Retrofit your toilet to dual-flush, save $100 per year

Let’s all be grown-ups here: after a big meal, night out drinking or whatever, sometimes you’re thankful your toilet has a powerful flush. This is fact.1006471_toilet

Yet as any boater (“If it’s brown, flush it down. If it’s yellow, let it mellow.”) or home owner that pays their own water bill can attest, flushing a toilet a few thousand times each year can really add up.

So why not make the switch to a dual-flush bowl? Why not spend $30 once to save $100 every 12 months?

As you’ve probably heard, dual-flush toilets are all the rage now. And with good reason.

Using a toilet that boasts two flushing mechanisms – one, with less water, for no. 1; the other, with more water, for no. 2 – can save the average family about 100 bucks each year, as mentioned above.

But that would require buying a whole new toilet, something reasonable (this one, for example, is just $129.99 at Home Depot) but not totally necessary.

Most Canadian hardware stores sell items like the HydroRight Dual-Flush System (not the sponsor of this blog post, I promise) for about $30, a product that advertises you can “install (it) in 10 minutes without removing the tank … no tools required.”

The people over at YoungHouseLove.com retrofitted their toilet with one recently – check out the pic-by-pic, step-by-step here – and the product seems legit.

(You essentially remove the tank lid, install a new pump to offer your toilet two flushing levels and swap your old flush handle with a new dual-flush button – one for lighter, um, fluids and the other for heavier, um, solids.)

Does it work? No word on water bill savings from YoungHouseLove yet, but the reviews for the HydroRight on Canadian Tire’s product page are pretty flattering:

“They say it takes 10min (to install), it took me 5min or less,” says one buyer. “Great product, would recommend to anyone.”

“For the folks who ask if it really saves water, all I know is that the tank only empties by 1/3 when I use the ‘low flush’ button instead of the entire tank,” writes another. “So, to me, that’s a real savings.”

Anyone out there used a dual-flush retrofit like the HydroRight? Good product, bad product or somewhere in between?

By Jason Buckland, MSN Money



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Gordon PowersGordon Powers

A long-time fund company executive, Gordon Powers now heads up the Affinity Group, a financial services consulting firm. Gordon was a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail for many years, has taught retirement planning...

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The modern-day MC Hammer of money, Jason can often be seen spending cash that isn’t his with the efficiency of a Wilt Chamberlain first date. After cutting his teeth as a reporter for the Toronto Sun, he joined the MSN Money team with...