On average, each of us uses well over 100 liters of water a day just flushing the toilet. Toilets account for 28 % of your total indoor water use. Combined with showers and baths, the bathroom represents about 50 % of your home’s total indoor water use. Here are 10 Simple Ways To Go Green In The Bathroom.
Check the faucets: A steady drip can waste up to 55 litres of water in just 24 hours, if not looked after, it could add up to 20,075 litres per year. Install a low flow showerhead, you’ll save 15 to 30 litres of water per minute. And install low flow aerators on your faucets. Check for leaks and fix them immediately.
Don’t flush it: The toilet is the largest single water-guzzling appliance in the house using about one third (1/3) of an individual’s total water use. Most older toilets use about 20 litres of water every time they are flushed.
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Quick Tip: Take a shower instead of a bath. Don’t flush good money away. Replace your toilet with a new efficient ultra-low-flush toilet and use between 50% and 80% less water per flush, depending on the size of your current toilet. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth.
Save Money: The City of Toronto offers a $60 or $75 cash incentive to replace a high water use toilet with a City-selected water efficient model. Receive up to $150 for every old toilet that you replace in your business or multi-unit residential property. For $10 you can buy a Water Efficient Kit” from the City of Toronto, which includes a low flow showerhead, aerators, leak detection tablets, well worth the money!
THINK BEFORE YOU WIPE:
Now onto a product that we all use, in fact, we here in Canada overuse it. Did you know the average Canadian uses about 22kg of disposable tissue paper products each year, including about 100 rolls of toilet paper? Cutting down trees that are over 100 years old, for me is obscured!
Quick Tip: Always use recycled tissues and toilet paper and make sure they are 100% post-consumer recycled. Envirocare is a good place to start! My hubby hates me for this and so does his tush! Also look for the TCF label that means its “totally chlorine free”, PCF will work as well, that stands for “Processed chlorine free”. Every ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, 4,000-kilowatt hours of electricity, 3 cubic yards of landfill and 7,000 gallons of water. And make sure it comes with a third party certification like FSC.
Save Money: Buy in bulk.
ECO – ACCESSORIZE
When it comes to your towels go for Organic or Bamboo, these alternatives are usually grown without pesticides. Bamboo is also very soft. One step up from that would be hemp, it’ll cost you a little more, but it also naturally resists mildew.
Quick Tip: Shower curtain liners are made with PVC or Polyvinyl Chloride which contains phthalates. Phthalates have been linked to asthma and can also act as hormone disruptors. Go for PEVA instead, it’s vinyl but has no phthalates.
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