The Green Minute: Save Money and the Environment – Update your Toilet
April 5, 2013

The Green Minute: Save Money And The Environment – Update Your Toilet

Courtesy of Pat Byington, The Green Register Editor

Today’s Green Minute will save you money and a valuable resource – water.

Thirty percent of all household water usage comes from your toilet. So, if you want to save money and use water wisely the first place you should look is the toilets in your home.

If you have an old pre-1992 toilet, it is likely to be outdated and very inefficient. Today’s toilets use at least half the amount of water as the units produced 20 years ago.

Replacing your toilet with an EPA recommended Water Sense toilet can make a big difference in your water usage. For the average household, the savings can be up to 13,000 gallons a year. You may also save up to $110 a year in water usage costs or $2200 for the 20-year life of the new toilet.

If you still have that old toilet, and you can’t part ways with it, look into installing a duo-flush system in your toilet. It may be a good stop-gap measure, and it will give you about the same water savings a new toilet will give you.

Check out the video below produced by the Alliance to Save Energy describing ways you can upgrade a toilet and make a difference.

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