We're really getting into the nuts and bolts of selections now, so here I am doing a post about toilets.
To start, we knew that the green choice was to go with WaterSense toilets. Much like EnergyStar, WaterSense is a program that designates green home products. In order to be labeled as a WaterSense fixture, the item has to be certified to be at least 20 percent more efficient without sacrificing performance.
Toilets today do use a lot less water than the toilets of decades past, but with dual flush toilets, a user can conserve even more water by selecting the amount of water needed per flush. My first experience with dual flush toilet was at my in-laws house in the Netherlands, where I saw something like this when I looked for the lever:
|Dual flush wall buttons|
I quickly learned that the little button was for liquid waste and the big button was for solid waste. Pretty easy to remember! Obviously, more water is used for solid waste removal.
Dual flush toilets are not common yet in the States, though we do believe they will be in the coming years. We choose to install Toto Aquia toilets.
|Toto's Aquia line|
In the in-law suite, we'll install the similar Toto Aquia CST412MF, which is ADA compliant as it is a little taller.
Here's a fun little fact about Toto toilets: they don't come with seats...
Just compare the Amazon picture below to the Toto product picture on the left. Good to know, eh? So, make sure you order them or it'll make for an interesting sitting experience... ;-)