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Angie's List: Replacing Your Toilet

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Did you know that toilets are the main source of water in your home? They are responsible for 30 percent of your indoor water consumption, according to the EPA.

In this Angie's List report. how replacing your toilet could end up saving you money.

When it came time to remodel her bathroom, homeowner Carrie Tamminga did her homework. She wanted a toilet that helped conserve water.

"It was really important for me to get the dual flush because of the less water and I knew it would save on bills," says Carrie Tarmminga, Homeowner.

Flush after flush after flush, your toilet goes through gallons of water each day. That puts stress on rubber seals, copper pipes and the porcelain bowl.

While toilets have a long life span, you'll eventually have to swap yours out for a new one.

The energy policy act in 1992 required all new toilets to limit water use.

"A low-flush toilet would be anything from 1.6 all the way to down to 1.28. A dual flush toilet usually has two buttons or two types of levers on it that would be for your liquids and your waste," says Mary Wright, Plumbing Showroom Manager.

Your options these days are endless and can add to your home.

Replacing your old toilet with a new, efficient could save you an average of $110 a year

Although an experienced do-it-yourselfer may be able to install a new toilet, most homeowners should hire a licensed plumber.

A poor installation job can cause leaks under the flooring.

"Installing a toilet in of itself, is not a real complicated job, but you have to keep in mind that a toilet can be rather heavy, especially the porcelain, so you are going to need some extra hands to help you put it into place," says Angie's List Founder Angie Hicks.

Angie's List says a plumber typically requires an hour or two to install a toilet. Expect to pay between $125 and $250 for the installation.