Aug
30
2010
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Every flush counts

I just moved into a new place and along with the usual pains of unboxing, cleaning, and organizing, I also have a few energy saving things I must check or fix before I can call myself settled.  The first couple are pretty obvious – replace each light bulb with a compact fluorescent, inspect all the windows and doors for leaks, hang a clothesline, and replace any air filters.  The last is less obvious, but probably the easiest. I convert my normal toilets to ultra-low flush toilets.

The conversion starts with some extra milk jugs, juice containers, or anything denser than water – I used a juice container.

1. Fill the container with water.

Pick an appropriate water bottle

2. Place the container into the tank of the toilet.

Inside the toilet reservoir

3. Enjoy saving water and money.

This will work for any toilet, but is especially helpful for toilets that use more than 1.6 gallons per flush. My previous house had 3 gallon per flush toilets and by using multiple containers, I was able to bring the usage down to 1.5 gallons per flush.  At this residence, I have newer 1.6 gallon per flush toilets and I used a single half-gallon jug to lower that to 1.1 gallons per flush.

I can also report that lowering the toilets usage doesn’t result in clogged toilets.  You might need to experiment a bit to find the right ratio of savings to flushing power, but I personally have had no trouble, even with the toilet only using 1.1 gallons per flush.

Another great thing about this technique – it’s free and allows renters to be more efficient immediately rather than waiting on their landlord.  Give it a shot and happy flushing.

Written by John in: Environment,Ramble | Tags: , , , , ,

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