8/09/2011

Saving Water is Saving Money, Also, Its Not Wasting Water

Since we're watching TV ads about honest talk about what goes on in the bathroom, this seemed like another good conversation to have. 

A typical household uses 185 to 300 gallons of water a day and the majority of it goes down the drain from the toilet and the shower. One person alone may use about 80-100 gallons per day.  The toilet can consume about 26% of total daily water usage. Updating your commodes will serve as a conservation effort while also lowering your water bill.

If your toilet flushes 3.5 gallons per flush, one person may use as much as 19.5 gallons per day. But if your toilet flushes 1.6 gallons, that usage may be reduced to 10 gallons per day. Today's toilets use less water, prevent staining and resist clogging better than the older toilets--which saves on plumber's visits--and they are easy to install (although I recommend using a plumber to do it).  Good replacements generally cost from $150 to $300.

Until recently, I was one of many households with pre-1992 appliances, but I have just completed a replacement of a 5 gallon-per-flush toilet with a 1.6 gpf, and a new reduced-flow water faucet, so I know I'll be saving water!  Many older homes have older fixtures which, if replaced, will save a lot of water and reduce water bills. The early 1.6 gpf models were problematic in the 1990s, but those made today are much improved, and are easily found at the large home supply stores, you know the ones.
Toilets made in the 1950's used, on average, seven gallons per flush. Compare that with one that only uses 1.6 gallons per flush and it's a big saving. Multiply by the times a toilet is flushed in a year and the number of toilets in your home and it will save a lot of water.  The chart shows how usage changes depending on type of commode.  (1 gallon = 3.785 liters.)



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