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