Accounting for 9% of energy use in commercial and institutional facilities (and even more in hotels), water is an important, and costly, part of every business.. When it comes to water usage, the last thing you want to do is flush your energy savings down the toilet; which is why it may be time to invest in an efficient one, at long last.

Save money, reduce maintenance calls, and please “green” minded guests

According to the American Hotel and Lodging Association, addressing the issue of water consumption by installing high-efficiency toilets in all guestrooms can not only help lower energy costs, but can also attract a growing market of clientele attracted to all things “green” while reducing the amount of maintenance calls due problems with older models. This means that by making the switch to a more efficient toilet, your business can save a lot of time, and more importantly, money.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that hotels, restaurants and office buildings can benefit greatly by installing WaterSense labeled toilets and flushing urinals, both products of which have been certified to be at least 20% more water-efficient than other models. According to the site, one hotel in Texas saved 7 million gallons of water and $35,000 annually in water and sewer bills by upgrading restroom fixtures with high-efficiency toilets, showerheads and faucet aerators.

Reducing the flush per gallon could lead to big savings

According to Mother Earth News, water-efficient toilets fit into three categories including single-flush, dual-flush and pressure-assist. Single-flush toilets take up 1.6 gallons of water per flush (gpf) while dual-flush offers one flush for solids with a 1.6 gpf and one for liquids with a 0.8-0.9 gpf.

Pressure-assist toilets however, equipped with pressure-assist technology, use about one gallon of water per flush and are commonly found in hotels, restrooms and commercial buildings, making them the most efficient on the market.

Are you eligible for municipal rebates?

If you’re a Canadian business looking to invest in high-efficiency toilets, take the time to see if your city offers rebates to encourage water conservation. Certain cities scattered throughout Canada, like Guelph and Calgary, do offer help for businesses looking to go “green” by reducing their water-use. Do your research and see how you can start saving, today.

Interested in making your business an energy-efficient one? Check out these great rebates available to businesses that invest in energy-efficient equipment and technology.

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