Thinking Green

Water Saving Toilets

By: Danny Lipford

Toilets typically waste more water than anything else in the house. To combat this problem, check to be sure your toilets are working properly, and repair toilets that leak. Replacing water guzzling toilets made before 1992 (check the stamped date inside the lid), with newer models that use 1.6 gallons or less per flush, can cut the water they use in half. For even greater savings, consider a duel-flush toilet which uses less than one gallon per flush. For more on saving water, see our article on Water Conservation in the Home.

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When tracking down ways to think green in your home, the trail should lead you straight to the bathroom. It should come as no surprise that toilets are the biggest water wasters in the house. There are more than 300 million toilets in the United States, and millions of them leak, each wasting up to 50 gallons every day. Millions more are models manufactured before 1992 and have tanks with a three to five gallon capacity. If you want to start saving water, switch those old models out for the new 1.6 gallon toilets. In that one move, you’ll be saving at least 50% on the water your toilet uses. Another idea is to replace your old toilet with a dual flush design that uses less than a gallon to flush liquid waste. If a new toilet isn’t in your budget, there are now kits on the market that allow you to convert your existing toilet to a water-saver.



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