Part 2 of this blog series on energy efficient bath renovation tips dives into smarter choices for your toilet and sink. If you’d like some tips on shower savings, check out part 1 here.
Whether you’re choosing to keep your bathroom simple or take it up a notch to palace level, your throne says a lot. Thankfully, in today’s day and age, you can have stylish toilets that are so eco-friendly, even Mother Nature approves. There are a few options for efficient toilets – single-flush, dual-flush and pressure-assist toilets.
Most single-flush toilets nowadays use about 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) compared to ye olde 7 gpf before the savings designs came into play.
Dual-flush toilets (obviously) have two flush components. One for solids that uses about 1.6 gpf and one for liquids that uses half as much water.
Furthermore, the pressure-assist toilet utilizes pressure from the water line to get waste down the toilet without excess water. The forceful entrance of the water into the toilet due to the pressure of the water line eliminates the waste and cleans the bowl in one swoop. Pressure-assist toilets average 1 gpf.
So take your pick! All of these will save you at least 50% water that an old, standard flush toilet produces.
Surely your mother taught you to turn off the faucet while you’re brushing your teeth. “It saves water!” And right she is. And while there are plenty of examples how turning off the faucet saves you water, there are now options to save water while the faucet is running! Standard flow sinks use about 2.2 gallons per minute. WaterSense (an EPA partner) created faucets and accessories that use only 1.5 gallons of water per minute without decreasing performance. The Environmental Protection Agency says, “If every home in the United States replaced faucets with WaterSense labeled models, we could save nearly 1.2 billion in water and energy costs and 64 billion gallons of water across the country annually – equivalent to the annual household water needs of more than 680,000 American homes.” The best part is that WaterSense labeled products are only a few more dollars than the average products. It’s easy to save water with efficient faucets on your sink.
Hopefully you’re reading this blog before you’ve completed a bath renovation. Washington D.C., as the capital of our nation, should strive to lead our country in environmentally friendly actions.