I would like to make a toilet appeal and I don’t mean I am designing an attractive new model. I am asking people to think about upgrading their existing water guzzlers for the water-saver conservation type. New construction requires them and remodeling jobs as well. I am not even going to dictate the specifics or the price. You can spend some time on line perusing brands for that, or toilet review sites. There are too many to list in one short blog. But I do want to talk about conservation for a moment as it has instigated my sincere plea.
We all have to do our part, however small. Sometimes in some areas it seems like an overwhelming issue that you leave to the local municipality and government council. It is a problem we don’t like to think about because, if we even care, we feel helpless and at a loss for ideas.
I want to offer a simple and easy solution that everyone can do for a modest outlay of funds. It would be nice to have a new toilet in any case. No doubt those old parts are begging for replacement and have served their decades-long purpose with pride. It’s time to retire them. Besides, you might want a smaller or larger unit and now you can be picky and selective. You might have an ugly old unit with a chipped wood seat or one with the handle dangling precariously. (Okay, I doubt if it is that bad, but I have made my point.)
There is a huge difference in water consumption involved. High efficiency models can save gallons with each use. It really adds up quickly and you will notice a favorable impact on your water bill (especially if you eschew the tub and take quick showers as well). Think about it: the average person flushes five times a day and if you have five people living under one roof… well you do the math. If you have a leaky or running toilet, water is dwindling as we speak, slowly but surely.
Using the can as a wastebasket is worse. You can’t just flush to dispose of a tissue or two. I am begging you: not any more. If you can’t get a new toilet, then by all means change your habits and save our precious resources. Watch the water line; and if you must get a dual flush model, use the low volume mode most of the time. Remember, one person’s daily toilet use involves about 18 gallons of water. It is a vast wasteful practice, and I can’t encourage you enough to sit up and take note of this problem. New models use only about 1 gallon and a half each time. What a difference a flush makes!
I hope I have whetted your appetite for change to benefit not only your pocket but society at large. As responsible citizens, it is easy to do something, however, small for the natural world. Some things are too important to neglect. Thanks for listening.