Venice, FL toilet rebate program

Living Green: Venice toilet rebate program.

Living Green: Venice toilet rebate program

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VENICE – You may have some water hogs inside your home and not even know it.  Older toilets can use three or more gallons per flush.  New models or low flow toilets, use only 1.6 gallons or less.  That can really add up over time and there’s no excuse now not to replace those water hogs if you live in the City of Venice.

The “City on the Gulf” is offering an opportunity to save the water that fills this tower and to keep your hard earned money from being flushed down the toilet.

Venice now offering a rebate of up to $100 to replace an older, high flow toilet that needs at least three gallons per flush.  There’s a limit of two per customer.  The city’s Utilities Director says there’s a big need for this rebate program.
“We’ve got a lot of old, high flow fixtures out there. Venice is an older city, Sarasota is too, but in Venice, we’re trying to encourage folks to look for additional ways to curb their water use, either now over over time,” says Len Bramble, Venice Director of Utilities.

Our toilets tend to last a long time.  All we have to do is occasionally replace the components inside to keep it flushing for years, even decades.  But here’s an incentive that will help you save water and pay less on your utility bill for years to come.  “Think about it over the course of a month or a year, or five years or ten years. Most of us keep those fixtures for a long time,” says Bramble.

Don’t forget, there are also dual flush toilets available now that use even less water for number one.  For more information on the City of Venice’s toilet replacement rebate program, visit the city’s website.

Other Suncoast communities have similar programs.  Check with your local government.

Caroma Toilet Review | H2O Report

Caroma Toilet Review | H2O Report

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Caroma was started back in 1941 by a man named Charles Rothauser, the company’s production and innovation on these toilets start back in 1945. They have been successful in their endeavors and have since produced two new urinals that have become the leaders in water saving technology. This company is based in Australia and their products have found the world over. Their products will save you money on your water bills.

By using Caroma Toilets it has been proven that you can save water up to 18,000 gallons of water every year. These toilets have proven reliability and dependability. The technology that has gone into creating these toilets is one of a kind. If you are tired of wasting water and wasting money on your water bills, then you should check out the Caroma Toilets.
One of the series of toilets that Caroma pride themselves on is their WaterSense Toilets. These toilets are considered to be High Efficiency Toilets or HET. In the United States, the federal law, all toilets must not exceed 1.6 gallons of water per flush. With Caroma, their toilets use less than 1.3 gallons of water. The Water Sense label is used on High Efficiency Toilets as they are certified to be. These WaterSense Toilets Meets the EPA Criteria.

The Water Sense Toilets are available in many different styles. Let’s take a look at the top three in the Water Sense Toilets. The Adelaide Cube 270 Easy Height Round Front Plus, Bondi 270 Easy Height Elongated and the Caravelle 270 Easy Height Elongated. Take a look at these popular Caroma Toilets and see which one would best save you money on your water bills.

The Adelaide Cube 270 Easy Height Round Front Plus
The Adelaide Cube 270 Easy Height Round Front Plus is a High Efficiency Toilet or HET. It has a 1.6/0.8 gallons per flush. It is a two-piece toilet with a two button dual flush toilet. The bowl is a higher bowl with a measurement of 16.5 inches. It also has a larger concealed trapway and it is an easy cleaning. This toilet is floor mounted and works in conjunction the connection to the waste outlet for a 10-inch to 12 inch rough in.

This Adelaide Cube 270 Easy Height Round Front Plus offers a standard bottom entry; this toilet design is available as a left-handed inlet and includes a quiet water control assembly. It also is designed with an internal overflow only. The tank is installed directly to the closet bowl with a robust base fixing system without having to do any wall fixing of your own.

The Caroma Adelaide Front Round Toilet is nearly unblockable; you should have confidence when you use the Adelaide that there won’t be any clogs. The dimensions of this toilet are 29-5/8 in length x 13-3/8 inches in width x 32-5/8 inches in height. This is a standard size toilet with a round front design. If you are looking for a new toilet, one that will save you money on your water bills then you should check out this model. The price on this toilet is about $ 600.00; you could shop around for a better price.

Bondi 270 Easy Height Elongated Bowl Front
The Bondi 270 Easy Height Elongated Bowl also has a 1.6/0.8 gallons per flush high efficiency. This toilet is made from vitreous china, which is one of the most durable materials used for manufacturing toilets. This toilet has an elongated bowl design with 17 to 19 inches in height. The adjustable rough in on this toilet is between 10 inches and 12 inches. This toilet is a two-piece, two button dual flush. A dual flush toilet has two buttons, one is actually for flushing the toilet half flush and the other is a full flush.

The benefits of having a dual flush on the Bondi 270 is that is you are flushing urine then the half flush would be perfect, it would use .08 gallons of water and for solids you would use the full flush with a 1.6 gallons per flush. Imagine how much water you will save by using half flushes. The 270 was designed with water conservation in mind. Since the bowl design is elongated you will get a more accurate flush every time.

The Bondi 270 has a free fitting lid and would work great either in a domestic situation or a very light commercial application. This toilet comes with a Vandal Resistant Conversion Kit; this is an easy to install kit that locks the lid onto the tank. If you don’t have a lot of heavy traffic at home as opposed to a commercial application then you probably don’t need it. This toilet has the WaterSense label and is ADA compliant. This toilet is priced around $550, prices vary if you shop around.

The Caravelle 270 Easy Height Elongated
The Caravelle 270 have a great European style design, they will give your bathroom that elegant yet modern look. These toilets are two-piece toilets with elongated bowl front. This toilet is a high efficiency toilet with a dual flush. One flush is used for urine and liquids, when you use this half flush you will use a .08 gallons of water per flush and when you use the full flush for solids, you will use 1.6 gallons per flush.

The Caravelle 270 Easy Height toilet has a 17 inch elongated bowl for a more accurate flush. This toilet has a large 100% concealed trapway and like the Bondi and the Adelaide Toilets these are almost unblockable. These toilets have a full flush wash down with a closet bowl and an open flush rim. It can be floor mounted suitable for a connection to the waste outlet with a 10 inch to 12 inch rough in.

This tank is also a free fitting lid and a Vandal Resistant Conversion Kit is available. It is not recommended for residential homes. The Caravelle has a standard bottom entry tank that is available as a left hand inlet that includes a very quiet water control assembly. This toilet costs about $ 451.00 and you could find a cheaper price if you shop around.

Caroma Toilets have been around for since 1945, they are not considered to be mainstream toilets like American Standard, Kohler or Delta but they have a reputation for being high quality, high performance toilets with a water conservation design. You can purchase these toilets from certain distributors. If you are interested in taking a look or getting more information on other Caroma Toilets, log onto their website and check out the Where to Buy button, click on the map and find a dealers nearest to you.

If you have any questions, you can click on their Contact Us link and find the nearest customer service number to you. Caroma will answer any questions that you may have. They have quality products and they will surely last you a long time. They will also save you money every month on your water bills. If you are looking for a new toilet that will save you money rather than cost you money, Caroma Toilets should be considered. They have a full inventory of great products.

Toilet Rebate in Portland, OR – only while budget lasts or until June 30,2009

Source: http://blog.oregonlive.com/pdxgreen/2009/01/rebates_toilets_energy_efficient.html.

Money back for flushing; plus, don’t forget to claim that 2008 energy tax credit
Posted by Shelby Wood, The Oregonian

It’s Monday. Chances are, you’re wishing you had a new, water-efficient toilet.

No? Then tuck this info away in case you change your mind in the next six months:

The city of Portland wants to give you $100 for installing a high-efficiency toilet. That can mean 60 to 75 percent off the price of upgrading your porcelain throne. You’ve got to be a Portland Water Bureau customer, and you’ve got to buy an EPA WaterSense-certified toilet (like Energy Star, but for toilets).

And you’ve got to move fast; the rebates are available only while supplies last, or until June 30, 2009. The Water Bureau set aside $50,000 for the rebates, money that comes from rate-payer revenue.

The big difference between traditional and high-efficiency toilets is water use. A traditional model requires 1.6 gallons per flush. WaterSense toilets can use no more than 1.28 gallons per flush (or gpf, for those who like to impress friends and co-workers with cool commode jargon).

Interestingly, even in this eco-friendly era, the majority of toilets on sale at homedepot.com are traditional water hogs. The site lists 552 toilets that use 1.6 gpf, but only 5 that use 1.28 gpf.

Of those five, three are easily identified as WaterSense-certified, and those range in price from $128 to $149 each. Or, $28 to $49 with the rebate.

Check out the water bureau’s Web site for more details and to apply for the rebate (limit two per customer).

On another rebate note, if you purchased any kind of appliance in 2008 that qualifies for a state energy tax credit (clothes washers, dishwashers, refrigerators, water heaters, furnaces, AC systems, duct systems, hybrid vehicles), you’ve got to send in the paperwork soon to be able to apply the credit to your 2008 tax bill.

The Oregon Dept. of Energy reminds us that you need the tax credit certificate from the state to claim the credit. Everybody and their mother will be sending in requests as we get closer to tax day (April 15).

So, asks DOE, please do it now.

More energy tax credit info: http://www.oregon.gov/energy or (800) 221-8035

If you are serious about saving water, want a toilet that works, looks sleek and is affordable, please look into Caroma Dual Flush toilets. Caroma, an Australian company, invented the 2 button Dual Flush technology in the 80’s and is the worlds leading manufacturer with more models listed on EPA’s list of WaterSense labeled toilets than any other manufacturer. Caroma toilets offer a patented dual flush technology consisting of a 0.8 Gal flush for liquid waste and a 1.6 Gal flush for solids. On an average of 5 uses a day (4 liquid/ 1 solid) a Caroma Dual Flush toilet uses an average of 0.96 gallons per flush. The new Sydney Smart uses only 1.28 and 0.8 gpf, that is an average of 0.89 gallons per flush. This is the lowest water consumption of any toilet available in the US. Also, with a full 3.5″ trapway, these toilets virtually never clog. All of Caroma™’s toilets are on the list of WaterSense labeled HET’s http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pp/find_het.htm and also qualify for several toilet rebate programs available in the US. Please visit  Caroma USA to learn where you can find Caroma toilets locally. Visit EcoTransitions to see how we flush potatoes with 0.8 gallons of water, meant for liquids only.

Caroma donates Dual Flush toilets to Greensburg, Kansas

Caroma, the leader in dual flush toilets, urinals, and stylish bathroom sinks, is pleased to donate another 250 high efficiency toilets,
urinals, and sinks to Greensburg GreenTown. Greensburg, Kansas, was devastated by an EF5 tornado on May 4, 2007. Nearly 95% of homes and businesses were destroyed by the two mile wide tornado.
Greensburg GreenTown is a nonprofit organization established to provide residents of Greensburg with resources, information, and the support they need to rebuild the city as a model green community. According to Daniel Wallach, Director of the Greensburg GreenTown project,
“The tornado that hit the city and surrounding areas in 2007 caused massive devastation. Since we basically had to start from the ground up in the rebuilding efforts, we want to build in a sustainable fashion, to preserve our precious resources.”
As part of this conservation effort, Caroma has donated 250 high efficiency toilets and urinals to Greensburg. Greensburg now has ~450 high efficiency toilets from Caroma and is projected to save at least 4600 gallons of water per person per year. Many of the city’s buildings were built in the 1960s or early, so many toilets were either 3.5 or 5 gallon toilets.
“By installing Caroma toilets that average only 0.96 gallons per flush, we could save more than 18,000 gallons of water per year for a family of four,” explains Wallach. “Caroma’s generous donation is not only helping the families that were in need, but it will also help us with LEED
Platinum certification for the most of the city and county buildings. The best part: we’re also preserving our environments by conserving hundreds of thousands of gallons of water each year. The best part is that we didn’t have to compromise our way of life. The Caroma toilets are a
technologically advanced toilet and everyone who has received has very positive comments.”
According to Derek Kirkpatrick, North America General Manager, “The people of Greensburg have done an amazing job of rebuilding a city and a community after such a destructive EF5 tornado. We are excited about Greensburg rebuilding as a sustainable community and the progress they have made. The Caroma donation of high efficiency dual flush toilets will help their efforts to conserve precious water resources while also showing how easy it is to preserve the environment. With simply installing or replacing an older toilet with a water-conserving toilet, communities can save millions of gallons of water each year. Greensburg is becoming a model green community and we wish them continued success in their rebuilding efforts.”
For more information on Caroma’s high efficiency toilets and urinals, email info@caromausa.com or visit http://www.caromausa.com. To find out more information about the Greenburg GreenTown project, visit www.greensburggreentown.org.

About Caroma
Since 1941, Caroma has been a world leader in quality and innovation of bathroom products, continually providing reliable, high efficiency toilet suites and urinals and stylish sinks. With 41 WaterSense labeled toilets – more than any company in the industry – and complimentary, stylish sinks, Caroma offers award-winning products that help preserve the world’s most valuable resource – water. Combining quality, water-conserving products with superior customer service, Caroma has been chosen by businesses and households worldwide for exceptional performance and stylish design. The company can be contacted by phone at 1 800 605 4218, via email at info@caromausa.com, or on the Web at www.caromausa.com.

About Greensburg GreenTown
Greensburg GreenTown is a nonprofit organization established to provide the residents of Greensburg, Kansas with the resources, information, and support they need to rebuild Greensburg as a model green community following the May 2007 tornado. The organization aspires to make it easier for residents to implement and make green living appealing to residents and bring in resources and support from around the country to make Greensburg a model green community. Find out more about Greenburg GreenTown at http://www.greensburggreentown.org.

Source: Caroma Press Release

San Francisco Toilet Rebate Program ends January 2009

The first step to conserving water and saving money on water and wastewater bills is making sure you have efficient plumbing fixtures. With toilets accounting for about one-third of indoor water use, replacing older, high water use toilets with high-efficiency models is one of the best ways to save water.

I was very excited to see that SFPUC is offering a rebate in the amount of $125 for the replacement of old, inefficient toilets, but- it is only good for toilets replaced December 2008 and January 2009!!

If you are serious about saving water AND money, want a toilet that really works and is affordable, I would highly recommend a Caroma Dual Flush toilet. Caroma toilets offer a patented dual flush technology consisting of a 0.8 Gal flush for liquid waste and a 1.6 Gal flush for solids. Caroma, an Australian company set the standard by giving the world its first successful two button dual flush system in the nineteen eighties and has since perfected the technology. Also, with a full 3.5″ trapway, these toilets virtually never clog. All of Caroma’s toilets are on the list of WaterSense labeled HET’s and also qualify for several toilet rebate programs available in the US. To learn more or go to Caroma USA to learn where you can find Caroma toilets locally. Visit YouTube to see how we flush potatoes with 0.8 gallons of water, meant for liquids only.

Details about SF’s rebate program can be found here 

You are eligible for a rebate if:

The property where the toilet installed has a SFPUC service address.
You are a SFPUC residential single-family or multi-family account holder or live in multi-family housing (i.e. townhouse, condominium) and pay your water bill through rental costs or home owner association dues. You are replacing a toilet flushing at 3.5 gallons per flush or more.

To Apply
Download the SFPUC Water Conservation toilet rebate application and tracking sheet and return the completed application, tracking sheet, original receipts and UPC labels to the mailing address listed on the form. An on-site inspection may be required to receive approval.

Funding is limited and rebates are available on a first come, first served basis. Toilets must be installed and rebate applications must be postmarked within 60 days of the purchase date. The SFPUC reserves the right to inspect the installations.

Only SFPUC Water Conservation Program-approved toilets qualify for rebates. To obtain a current list of qualifying models and their rebate amounts, please review the SFPUC’s program-approved toilet list here.

You can also request a toilet rebate application by contacting the SFPUC Water Conservation Section at (415) 551-4730.

Toilet Recycling Program

Collection of toilets for recycling is provided by Norcal Waste Systems, Inc. To have toilet(s) picked up from your home or business, contact your garbage collection service provider and schedule a bulky item pick up. If you have an active garbage collection account you’re entitled to two bulky item pick ups per calendar year. Bulky item pick ups are part of the bi-monthly charges you receive.

Green is the new Black – Introducing Green Friday

Despite the current economic outlook, Black Friday will still be one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Last year, the weekend after Thanksgiving alone, Americans spent nearly 28 BILLION DOLLARS shopping.

 

Why not make this coming Friday a Green Friday? You don’t have to spend a lot to save a lot. If you opt for energy and water saving fixtures, you will not only start saving money on lower utility and water bills, you will also help our environment and our economy. Just by replacing one light bulb with a CFL (or, even better: an LED), you can save $30 or more in electrical cost over each bulbs lifetime. Because they last about 10 times longer than regular light bulbs, you also keep waste out of landfills.

 

You can save Water AND Money if you replace an old, inefficient toilet with a Caroma Dual Flush toilet. If you are a customer of one of the below mentioned Water Utilities and meet the qualifications listed you will receive a $100 credit on your water bill for up to two (2) toilets each.

 

Qualifications to receive a toilet rebate

  1. Have an individual residential account with a participating water utility in the District and be up to date on your billing payments.
  2. Own or rent a single-family residential home built in 1993 or earlier (this will be verified).
  3. Purchase an approved toilet after September 28, 2007 to replace an older toilet using greater than 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf).

The following Utilities participate in the Toilet Rebate program

 

ecoTransitions is offering $25 off  each model until the end of November, local pick-up at our warehouse in Austell or delivery available for a small charge.  

 

Please visit http://www.ecotransitions.com/ to view our models and http://www.youtube.com/ecotransitions to see why you can kiss the plunger good-bye. 

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Dual Flush toilets mandatory in Ireland – the way to “go”!

This is an article published on August 20, 2008 in the Irish Times

New building controls to ban traditional toilets

by HARRY McGEE, Political Staff

THE STANDARD toilet is about to be flushed out as part of a new Government water conservation measure.

Environment Minister John Gormley has signed off on new building regulations that will lead to a ban on traditional toilets.

The Government says that the move will lead to hundreds of millions of gallons drinking water being saved each year.

Under the new regulations, all toilets fitted into homes will be required to have a dual-flush system.

In addition, dual-flush toilets will be the only models available at DIY stores, plumbing supplies stores and hardware shops. The regulations will be implemented from November.

Yesterday, Mr Gormley said that making dual flush toilets mandatory would lead to greater efficiencies in the use of water, and was a sensible and practical step that formed part of the National Water Conservation Programme.

Official estimates suggest that as much of a third of the country’s drinking water is used to flush toilets, which the Government considers poor use of a valuable resource.

Standard toilets in Irish homes and workplaces flush between six and nine litres.

Dual flush toilets release four litres in water-saving mode, and six litres for a full flush.

“It demonstrates how simple but practical ways can be found to conserve water,” said Mr Gormley, adding that further water conservation measures would be introduced.

These are unlikely to include any attempt to introduce water charges or metering, issues that have proved politically divisive in the past.

If you are interested in finding out more about Dual Flush toilets, visit www.caromausa.com. Caroma, an Australian company has invented the Dual Flush system in the 80’s and has a 90% market share in Australia. With a fully glazed 4″ trapway, blockages are virtually eliminated.

THE ‘Green’ Wedding and Event facility in Marietta, GA

 

 

 

The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain in Marietta, GA is THE Eco-Friendly Wedding and Event Facility in GA.  

They recently installed a Solar PV System to Generate Clean Electricity and Caroma Dual Flush Toilets to Save Water 

ATLANTA, GEORGIA, August 2, 2008 –

The Grand Ballroom of The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain
The Grand Ballroom of The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain

Back in the twentieth century Billy Idol sang about a “White Wedding” in his 1982 hit. But in the twenty-first century, mother and son team Ellie and Marc Sommers are leading the charge in Atlanta for “green” weddings, as well as “green” special events and “green” corporate events. They are the owners of The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain in Marietta, Georgia. This event facility is on four idyllic, forested acres near the entrance to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

 

The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain, formerly known as the Kennesaw Mountain Winery, was acquired by the Sommers in 2006. They began implementing numerous environmentally friendly initiatives. Most recently they had a 1.3kW DC solar PV electric system,

1.3kW DC Solar PV Array at The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain

manufactured by Schuco Solar of Germany, mounted onto the roof of the facility’s Grand Ballroom. The solar array was supplied and installed by Marietta-based SOENSO GA (soenso.com). The 1.3kW solar PV system will produce an average of 145kWh/month of free electricity. A system this size will generate just a portion of the total power needed for the facility, but it will shave peak-usage kWh’s and reduce each month’s electric bill. 

In addition, generating 145kWh/month of clean electricity from solar PV instead of using that same amount of electricity generated by coal-fired utility power plants will have the following positive annual impact on the environment: 

  • 2,826 pounds of carbon dioxide not released into the atmosphere
  • 3 barrels of foreign oil not imported
  • 145 gallons of gasoline not consumed

Other sustainable initiatives underway at The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain include locally inspired and organic food, biodegradable and compostable food containers and flatware, waste recycling by Conex Recycling of Alpharetta and dual-flush toilets from ecoTransitions of Marietta. The Sommers also plan to install a solar thermal water heating system from SOENSO GA.

Update: They were recently featured as the “Going Green Champion of the Week” by WSB TV, see here http://www.wsbtv.com/video/17642364/

The Gardens at Kennesaw Mountain, 1127 White Circle NW, Marietta, Georgia 30060
On the Web: www.gardensatkennesaw.com,
Phone: (770) 396-5361, Email: catering@parsleys.com.
Thanks to SOENSO GA for providing this information 
SOENSO GA solar energy dealer/installer – On the Web: www.soenso.com.
Email: info@soenso.com

 

 

What you should know about toilets

Toilets account for almost 30% of residential indoor water use in the United States.

Toilets are also a major source of wasted water due to leaks and inefficiency. In a home that was built prior to 1993 it is most likely that the toilet uses 3.5 gallons or more for every single flush (in Dekalb County alone, approx. 165,000 homes were built prior to 1993 – there are approx. 1 Mio. Homes in the Greater Atlanta area that still have old, inefficient toilets in use). Experts say that the minimum needed to meet the basic human needs of drinking, cooking and hygiene is five gallons of clean water per person per day. It’s far from enough to ensure health and well-being-just enough to get by. Do we really need to flush down that much each time we go “Number One”?

In the beginning of modern toilets there was the seven-gallon flushing porcelain lavatory. Then there was the low-flush toilet. And by the time you’d flushed several times the bowl was “clear” and you had flushed more water than you did with the faithful lavatory.

Then there was the new and improved low-flush toilet, which was better but still not what always got the job done. And finally, the High-Efficiency toilet arrived; you now have your choice of flushing as little as .8 gallons with dual flush toilets. The best part is that they really work!

What Are High-Efficiency Toilets?

Under federal law, toilets must not exceed 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf). High-efficiency toilets (HETs) go beyond the standard and use less than 1.3 gpf. The WaterSense label will be used on HETs that are certified by independent laboratory testing to meet rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency. Only HETs that complete the third-party certification process can earn the WaterSense label.

 Do High Efficiency Toilets Work?

Everyone is concerned about the performance of low-flow toilets. Do they clear the bowl and leave it clean? Do they stop up frequently? Unlike the first 1.6 gallon / flush toilets, WaterSense HETs combine high efficiency with high performance. Advances in toilet design permit WaterSense HETs to save water without loss of flushing power. In fact, many perform better than standard toilets in consumer testing. Want proof? Watch this amazing video of Eddie Wilcut, the Water Conservation Manager for the City of San Antonio, flushing a Russet potato down a Caroma toilet with the full flush (1.6 gallon) AND half flush (0.8 gallon), which is meant for liquid waste.

How Much Water and Money Do HETs Save?

High efficiency toilets save you money by reducing your water and wastewater costs. Over the course of a lifetime, an average person flushes the toilet nearly 140,000 times. If you install a WaterSense HET, you can save 4,000 gallons per year and your children can each save about a third of a million gallons during their lifetime. If a family of four replaces one 3.5 gpf toilet made between 1980 and 1994 with a WaterSense toilet, they can save $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilet. If the toilet being replaced was made before 1980, it uses 5 gallons per flush so the savings will be much greater. If you’d like to calculate how much water you can save try the water savings calculator on www.ecotransitions.com.

With these savings, new high-efficiency toilets can pay for themselves in only a few years. Even better, many local utilities offer substantial rebates for replacing old toilets with HETs. Detailed information on the rebates available in Georgia can be found here Rebates in Georgia

What are Dual Flush toilets?

Dual flush toilets offer a patented dual flush technology consisting of a 0.8 Gal flush for liquid waste and a 1.6 Gal flush for solids. They can save up to 40% (approx. 4600 gallons) compared to today’s standard 1.6-gallon single flush toilets. On an average of 4/1 uses a day,  Dual Flush toilets have the lowest water consumption of all – 0.96 Gallons per flush. Caroma, an Australian manufacturer that invented the Dual Flush technology manufactures award winning toilets that are both user friendly and, with a full 3.5″ trap way, virtually blockage-free!  Wouldn’t that be nice to be able to finally kiss the plunger good bye? Beware of some products reducing the amount of water flushed to use with your existing toilet. Existing bowls are not designed to perform with reduced amounts of water, so the likelihood of clogging your toilet while you are trying to flush paper and solid waste increases drastically.

Select a WaterSense Labeled High-Efficiency Toilet!look for watersense label

Whether you are remodeling a bathroom, beginning construction of a new house, or just want to replace an old, leaky toilet, a WaterSense labeled HET is your best bet. Look for the WaterSense label on any toilet you buy. If every home in the United States replaced just one old toilet with a new HET, we would save almost one trillion (spelled with a T)

gallons of water per year, equal to more than two weeks of the water flowing over Niagara Falls!

Note that some manufacturers offer high-efficiency and ordinary models with very similar names, so be sure and look for the WaterSense label. A list of WaterSense labeled High-Efficiency Toilets can be found here List of WaterSense labeled HET’s published by the EPA.

Where can I find a HET?

To find WaterSense partners and resources in your area, please follow the link and click on your state below or choose from the list that follows. EPA – Where you live

For a watersavings calculator and more information on Dual Flush toilets please visit www.ecotransitions.com.

WaterSense Partners helped save 277 million gallons of water in 2007

San Antonio Water System gives away 20,000 free Caroma Dual Flush toilets

Perhaps the City of Atlanta should consider this. San Antonio has implemented an incredible program, resulting in tremendous water savings PLUS lots of business for plumbers. Read full article here 

http://www.reevesjournal.com/CDA/Articles/Cover_Story/BNP_GUID_9-5-2006_A_10000000000000283282

New Atlanta Distribution Center for Caroma High Efficiency Toilets

ecoTransitions Inc., a Watersense Partner, has partnered with Caroma USA to distribute WaterSense labeled high-efficiency toilets (HET) in Georgia.February 2008 – ecoTransitions encourages Georgians to actively conserve water and decrease their monthly water bills by offering high efficiency Dual Flush toilets. From its newly opened Distribution Center, ecoTransitions broadens the selection of water conserving toilets available in Atlanta.  “In a time of a dwindling water supply in Georgia, it is time to look at the No. 1 water-wasting feature in every house”, said ecoTransisions owner and Georgia resident Andrea Paulinelli. “Toilets are still the biggest water users in our homes. When we think about conserving water and long term savings, retrofitting our toilets is the single best solution.” Most of ecoTransitions Caroma High Efficiency Toilets (HET) are listed on EPA’s Watersense list and qualify for the rebates currently offered by many counties and the City of Atlanta. Because water use reduction is an integral part of LEED™, credits can be obtained as well. Caroma toilets employ an integrated dual flush mechanism, letting the user select either a full flush (1.6gpf) or a half flush (0.8gpf). The patented technology can save up to 72% (approx. 18,000 gallons) of annual water usage compared to the traditional 3.5-gallon flush and up to 40% (approx. 4600 gallons) compared to today’s standard 1.6-gallon single flush toilets. A sophisticated redesigned bowl and a larger 4 inch trap allow waste to easily be pushed down with less water. The larger trap way eliminates clogs caused by excessive paper waste in the bowl. Other key strengths include: Elegant Design – Contemporary European design fits with just about any bathroom décor. Well-rounded corners and an easy closing seat provide easy cleaning. Installer-friendly – most Caroma US toilets can be roughed in at 10″ to 12″ with the use of a plastic offset connector. A larger footprint makes for easier replacement of old toilets. Virtually Maintenance Free – Dual Flush Technology eliminates the need for flapper, ball cock, chain and handle failure issues. Complete Fixture Range – The current US line includes a mix of toilets and lavatories for residential and commercial applications. ecoTransitions Inc.

 you chose between half flush and full flush

Visit www.ecotransitions.com or email Sales@ecotransitions.com for more info, Contact: Andrea Paulinelli, ceo

Georgia’s Drought on my mind…

Georgia’s current drought did not begin a few days or a few weeks ago. Various drought events throughout the state since spring 2006 combined with a lack of efficient water use habits helped bring the state to where it is today. Indoor Water Conservation Cannot Be Overemphasized! Conserving water temporarily, then returning to inefficient water use habits will not help alleviate the situation. Water conservation must become a way of life for all Georgians, according to officials with the state’s Drought Response Unified Command (DRUC).