Water is fast becoming an expensive commodity in the USA. In most major cities across the country, the price of water rose by around 41% during the five years preceding 2015. These costs are expected to continue to rise for the foreseeable future. Reducing your household water consumption is vital in order to keep your water bills at an affordable level.
The biggest culprit for water usage in your home is the toilet, which accounts for around 26% of water consumption in an average American household. With up to seven gallons of water being used for every flush, you're essentially flushing your money down the toilet. Fortunately, you can significantly reduce your home's water consumption via the toilet. Keep reading to learn three things you can do.
1. Install a New Toilet
Older toilets are responsible for the highest amount of water used per flush in a household. A modern toilet is a good replacement and can reduce your flush size by many gallons. However, the best option is a toilet that is labeled with a WaterSense standard, which uses a mere 1.28 gallons of water or less with every flush.
These eco-smart toilets operate using a low-flow system. The technology behind their flushing systems means you'll get a highly effective toilet with the same performance as a regular toilet without the excessive water wastage.
2. Install a Gray Water Reclamation System
Gray water is the term used to describe the waste water produced by your showers, basins, and washing machine. In a home with a standard plumbing system in place, this gray water is disposed of through the same system as your toilet water—the waste goes into the municipal sewage system. However, it's possible to re-use this water to flush your toilets.
A gray water reclamation system diverts the grey water into a storage tank. This tank can then be connected to your toilet cisterns, which means you won't be using costly drinking water for the job. Gray water may also be suitable to use in your garden, if your reclamation process is set up correctly. Speak with a professional for more information.
3. Install a Rainwater Collection Tank
Rainwater tanks are an increasingly popular option for homeowners who want to reduce their water bills. These tanks are easy to install and use your home's guttering system to divert rainwater and store it for later use. This water can be used for many household water needs, including flushing your toilets.
Generally, a rainwater tank will require you to install a pump to allow you to access the water from your home. For a smaller and simpler system, you can install a small water tank on the roof and have it directly linked to your toilets. There is no need for a pump with this system as gravity will do the job for you.
Installing one or more of these water saving products will see your household water consumption plummet and your water bills take a huge nosedive. The money you spend on materials and paying a qualified plumber to install them will soon be mitigated by the savings you'll make for many years in the future.
By installing in these products, you're making a sound financial investment and an investment in the sustainability of the environment you live in.Sparrow and Sons Plumbing have extensive experience in supplying, installing, and maintaining water-saving equipment in residential settings. Contact them to discuss which options will be best for your home's toilets and find out what other products and services they offer that can reduce your water consumption in other areas of your home.