Being Green: Conserving your toilet water waste
Sometimes I find it daunting to be more environmentally responsible. From washing dishes, to throwing out trash, there just isn’t enough room in my head for all the things I could and should be doing to take care of our planet. To be fair, sometimes there isn’t enough room just to put together a grocery list being the mother of two. But even so, I’d like to do my part.
I know I’m not alone, so I’m starting a series on small things we can do to make big changes.
This week, it’s all about the toilet water waste. Did you know Americans flush 4.8 billion gallons of water everyday? 4.8 billion gallons, A DAY! The average American uses 90 gallons of water per day, 24 of that just on flushing the toilet. Toilets use 1.5 to 5 gallons of water per flush depending on the age of the toilet. I’ll bet you can see where I am going with this.
Gross, right? But in my house, well you know the saying; it contains the words yellow and mellow. The math is simple. Skip 4 flushes a day, save 2184 gallons of water a year. And that’s based on the most water efficient toilet.
Give it a try. It’s easy, it’s free and it takes very little adjustment; as the mother of a 1 year old, who’s new favorite game is to throw my stuff into the toilet, the learning curve of closing the lid is quite fast.