Why Should You Replace Your Toilet With a More Efficient Model?
Did you know that a home’s biggest source of water waste are toilets? They waste nearly 30% of an average home’s indoor water consumption! Older, less efficient models can use as much as six whole gallons per flush.
Thankfully, there are new, modern, water saving toilets that can help curb the amount of water wasted. These water efficient toilets can provide equal or even superior performance as older toilets, while still only using a measly 1.28 gallons of water per flush. Believe it or not, if every old, inefficient toilet was replaced with the water saving models, 520 billion gallons of water would be saved every year. That’s the same amount that flows over Niagara Falls in roughly 12 days!
The most obvious benefit of using these water efficient toilets is the money they save. The average family can reduce the amount of water they use from toilets by as much as 60%, which is nearly 13,000 gallons of water. This results in monetary savings of more than $110 a year in water costs, and $2,200 over the toilets’ entire lifetimes.
There are also environmental benefits of saving water. An efficient toilet diverts less water from rivers, estuaries, and bays, and keeps these environments healthy. It can also reduce the costs of wastewater treatment, which then in turn reduces the amount of energy used to treat, pump, and heat water, effectively lowering the demand for energy and the amount of air pollution such processes create.
Conserving the water that a toilet wastes is a big concern. So much so that it partly inspired the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to sponsor an environmentally friendly toilet-design competition called Reinvent the Toilet Fair. You too can do your part to help conserve water by replacing your old toilet with a new, more efficient model, which will also help save you money. If you have any questions about these more efficient toilets, feel free to ask in the comments. Good refereneces.