Every time homeowners flush their toilet, money goes down the drain. Older toilets can flush several gallons of water, and those gallons add up each day and especially over the course of a month.
While homeowners can opt not to flush, the lingering smell might not be worth the money saved! However, upgrading to an energy-efficient toilet could ensure that homeowners don’t continue to flush money down the toilet every time they visit the bathroom! Plus, those upgraded water-saving toilets won’t leave a lingering odor like the dirty bowl!
Newer Toilets Use Less Water
There is a bit of good news for some homeowners with newer homes (and toilets). While toilets from before 1982 used about five gallons of water or more per flush, toilets from the mid-90s to today’s models only use about a gallon and a half of water.
While a gallon and a half of water (or technically 1.6 gallons!) isn’t a huge amount, think about how often every person goes to the bathroom during the course of the day (or night). Then multiply that by every person in the family! If each person in a family of four visited the bathroom six times per day, that adds up to 36 gallons of water per day that is flushed down the toilet! Each month that is more than 1,000 gallons of water!
Still, even upgrading an old 1980s toilet to a newer model would save a LOT of water each month. If a 1.6 gallon per flush toilet amounts to 1,000 gallons of water down the toilet for a family of four each month, that water waste might more than triple or quadruple with an older toilet.
Budget-Friendly Energy-Efficient Toilets
Homeowners who want to cut down that water waste and save money on water might opt for an energy-efficient toilet. For toilets, energy-efficient might equate to low-flow toilets. These toilets flush less water per use than the standard model.
Unlike some energy-efficient appliances or fixtures, low-flow toilets can be found at many price points. Consumer Reports compiled a list of low-flow toilets for $200 and under. Saving money doesn’t have to be expensive!
How Much Water Will an Energy-Efficient Toilet Conserve?
Homeowners with toilets from the 1980s are flushing a LOT of water down with every use. Modern toilets, though, are wasting considerably less. However, energy-efficient models let homeowners conserve even more with each use.
WaterSense is a program from the Environmental Protection Agency, and toilets that meet certain standards can use the WaterSense label. These toilets use 20 percent less water per flush—that’s 1.28 gallons.
Does the 20 percent difference make a difference, though? According to the EPA, “…the average family can reduce water used for toilets by 20 to 60 percent—that’s nearly 13,000 gallons of water savings for your home every year!” And the EPA also noted that this amounts to about $110 per year!
The water saved each year can be used for other needs…instead of flushing water down the toilet!
How to Save Water in Other Ways
Each month, a WaterSense toilet could save about $10. However, homeowners can also cut that water bill by making other changes, too.
- Conduct a home energy audit to find hidden energy drains including water waste. Look under sinks to find leaks. Fix faucets that are dripping. Install low-flow showerheads to save water in the shower. Low-flow faucets can replace the standard faucet.
- Shorten the shower. Long showers may be relaxing, but every minute in the shower leads to more water down the drain. Opt for shorter showers.
- Teach children to turn off the faucet when they brush their teeth or wash their hands. Leaving the faucet running while soaping up hands or cleaning teeth is just wasting precious water. Installing touch-free faucets can also ensure that the water isn’t left running during these daily self-care rituals.
- The dishwasher and washing machine also could waste a lot of water if homeowners aren’t mindful. Make sure to only wash full loads of dishes and clothes. Running smaller loads leads to more water usage.
The Toilet is NOT a Trash Can
When every flush uses 1.6 gallons of water or more, homeowners should be mindful of when to push that handle. Florida’s Volusia County advises not to use the toilet as an ashtray or a trash can!
The toilet isn’t supposed to be used to get rid of cigarettes or to flush down tissues that should be tossed in the trash can. Plus, homeowners could flush something that leads to a clog and causes more issues. Get in the habit of just using the toilet as just the toilet!
When homeowners are in need of a new toilet, an energy-efficient option could save them more than $100 a year on water. However, homeowners with older toilets also can save money simply upgrading to a modern model. And all homeowners can save even more money on water costs by making little habits to conserve their water use!