Although toilets may appear innocent and insignificant, they actually could be the main source of water usage, and waste, in your home. Of all the water consumed per household, toilets use 26.7% while washing machines use 21.7%, showers use 15.8%, and faucets use 15.7%. Replacing your old toilet with a new more efficient one could help you save money and water.
The best tips for maximizing toilet efficiency are as follows:
- Regularly check for and repair toilet leaks.
- Avoid using caustic toilet bowl cleaners such as toilet tank tablets. These products alter the pH of water in your toilet tank and damage plastic and rubber toilet parts causing severe leaks.
- Flush less frequently. During drought emergencies some families adopt variations of the adage, “if it’s yellow let it mellow and if it’s brown flush it down.”
Being a part of the water conservation effort helps lessen water demand which by association will help sustain healthy aquatic ecosystems as well as lessen the need to develop new water treatment facilities. Also, by not wasting water so extravagantly, the chances of overdrawing groundwater so as to cause depletion and contamination are reduced significantly.
If replacing your toilet isn’t possible, then at least be sure to check it has no leaks. Leaking toilets cause “more waste than any other fixture in the home” and can waste anywhere from 30 to 500 gallons of water per day! Check out this website for more details on how to detect leaks and prevent them: http://www.h2ouse.org/action/details/action_element_contents.cfm?elementID=5812B5A5-E0BE-4D14-A202C8DAE8CE491F&actionID=F56F50F2-34E3-4095-9A919C304D945B5F
If you want more information and tips on how to conserve water in all areas of your household, ranging from the pool to the kitchen, visit this website below: http://www.h2ouse.org/tour/index.cfm
Written by Andrea Rey