Save Water as Easy as 1, 2…
Living “green” means conservation of all kinds. In addition to things like recycling and better-planned resources for construction, it also includes taking steps to achieve greater energy-efficiency and saving one more often overlooked, but critical resource: water.
Water conservation has become a national priority, and in some areas of the country it is now an urgent concern mandating reductions in usage.
Saving water starts with the obvious. First, fix leaks, from dripping faucets to running toilets. Second, monitor and reduce the amount of water you are actually using. This includes:
- more efficient yard watering
- sweeping driveways versus hosing them down
- shorter showers
- not running water while brushing teeth or doing dishes, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera… you get the idea.
Next up is installing water saving products, such as low-flow showerheads and high-efficiency toilets, which reduce both water usage and your monthly water bill without any real extra effort on your part.
How important are toilets? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), toilets account for 30% of the water used inside a home (assuming they don’t leak or keep running). If yours is more than 10-years old, it uses about 3.5 gallons of water per flush. In an average household with three or four people and a couple of toilets, that’s a lot of water used per day. Newer high-efficiency toilets use only 1.6 gallons per flush – big difference (about 2 gallons per flush.)
In California alone, which just instituted a 25% mandatory reduction order recently, an estimated 203 million gallons of treated municipal drinking water is wasted every day due to an average flush volume of about 2.7 gallons.
According to Consumer Reports: “That’s why federal standards limit new toilets to 1.6 gallons per flush. California has even tougher standards that limit toilets sold in that state to 1.28 gallons per flush”
Water saving reports from Consumer Reports tests share this recommendation: “When shopping for a replacement toilet look for the WaterSense label that is carried by high-efficiency toilets.The best WaterSense toilets we tested flushed just about as well as the 1.6-gallon models. Two of the top WaterSense toilets in our tests are sold at Lowe’s, the American Standard Clean 2514.101, $240, and the Aquasource AT1203-00, $100, a CR Best Buy.”
Recently, Danco, a leading manufacturer of innovative plumbing products, announced the introduction of the Perfect Seal. Developed by engineers and plumbers, the Perfect Seal provides the strongest, leak-free toilet seal available on the market. Product testing has shown that the Perfect Seal provides three times the sealing pressure of a simple wax ring, far exceeding all nationally recognized standards and ensuring the tightest seal on the market.