Are you literally flushing money you could be saving down the toilet? You may be thinking you’re not, but there’s a good chance you actually are. Whether you have city, county or well water—saving money on your monthly water bill is a necessary move towards green living (and it’ll save much needed cash). You can achieve this by turning your current toilet into a low-flow toilet. And no—you don’t have to buy a new toilet. All you have to do is follow this one simple tip!
How to get a low-flow toilet
A low-flow toilet is one that uses 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf). This current standard was implemented in 1994 (1992 for California and Texas) as a measure for water conservation. However, if you live in an older home, you may have a toilet with a 3.5 to 5.0 gpf function. Luckily, this is an easy fix (without having to buy a new toilet!).
How it works:
1. Fill a milk or juice bottle (or any kind of half gallon container) with half sand and half water.
2. Carefully place the bottle into your toilet’s tank.
3. Lower the bottle into the water.
4. Replace the tank’s lid and flush!
Voila—that’s it! You’ve just transformed your current toilet into a low-flow toilet. According to The New York Times, this method will save half a gallon per flush which equals 350 gallons saved for a family of five, assuming they flush the average of five times per day. To find out how much water your family currently uses, check out this site. It provides an analysis of your water consumption by your answering just a few questions.
Bonus tips: Make sure the bottle does not interfere with the function of the toilet (if it does, remove it). Also make sure to compare your before and after water bill to determine the efficiency of this method for your home!