Outfit that greener home with a low flow loo!

Don't think that our greener home doesn't extend to that porcelain paradise where many of us may do our best thinking or reading.  Well, the latter part may not be necessarily true, but the former certainly is.  Did you know that when it comes to the amount of water your home is using, 40 percent of it can be claimed by that toilet of yours.

Should you have one that is working off of 3.5 gallons per flush, during the course of just a single day one person could be then using 19.5 gallons a day; and that's not even taking into account that extra spicy dinner you had last week!  To get an idea of how much water you could be saving by switching to a low flow toilet, if your model instead used 1.6 gallon per flush it would ring in only about 10 gallons per day for one person.  A toilet using 1.28 gallons per flush then equates to 6.2 gallons a day, yet one with just 1 gallon per flush would bring that daily total down to a mere 5 gallons.

But if the idea of a low flush toilet leaves you a bit wary in just how effective it is, you need not worry any longer.  Thanks to the advancement in toilet technology (yes, you heard right) the greener home toilets of today need only 1.28 gallons per flush to take care of business; leaving your bathroom both more water conscious and perfectly sanitary.  There is now the WaterSense Label out from the EPA, which similar to the Energy Star Label on electrical appliances will give you a gauge on just how eco-frindly your loo is.  In order to merit a label the model must reduce the amount of water it uses per flush by at least 20 percent when compared to traditional makes.

These more water efficient toilets are coming out by many retailers and here you will find a few options.  From Kohler there is the Sterla series that has a WaterSense Label and uses a mere 0.8 gallons per flush on liquid waste; 1.6 gallons for solid.  The Subway toilet from Villeroy & Boch will similarly use 0.8 gallons per flush for liquids and only 1.18 gallons for solids.  Also available is the Sydney Smart from Caroma using 0.8 gallons for liquids and 1.28 gallons for solids.  Finally, the Eco Soiree from Toto has a double cyclone flush and will then use 1.28 gallons per flush.

When it comes to making yours a greener home, and in turn a greener bathroom, you can cut back a significant amount of water you use buy installing a low flow toilet.  And just for kicks you may even want to consider the model that actually has a sink attached to the top and draws water into if for the taps then down to be later used in the bowl after you've washed your hands.  This is no joke; but no matter what way you go, reduce your flow!

Photo credit: Heather