Tip #1 Let's Talk Toilets!
An average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water daily—70 percent of which occurs indoors. The largest use of household water is to flush the toilet, followed by taking showers and baths. Toilets account for nearly 30 percent of an average home's indoor water consumption.
Here are a few tips on making your toilet more efficient.
- Check your toilet for leaks. You can use dye tablets or food coloring to detect if you have a leak in your holding tank that leads to your bowl. Simply place the tablets or the food coloring in the holding tank and wait a few minutes. If the water in the bowel shows the color of the dye tablets or food coloring, you have a leak.
- If you find you have a leak in your toilet holding tank, the water that should be used to flush slowly drains down the drain. That is a sneaky water thief! A simple fix would be to replace your toilet flapper with a new one. The seal will be tight and they money will be saved!
- Avoid using your toilet as a trash can. Tissues, old prescription drugs, band-aids, facial tissue, cigarettes, Q-Tips, feminine hygiene products , and any thing other than toilet paper shouldn't be flushed down the toilet. Every time you flush your toilet it uses 5 - 7 gallons of water. Every gallon you use if literally waste and money down the drain.
- Change your toilet to a high efficiency water conserving toilet. Most home stores have Water Sense toilets in stock for purchase and installation in the same day. These toilets use as little as 0.8 to 1.28 gallons per flush!