The average home retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures can save 30,000 gallons per year. If just one out of every 10 homes in the U.S. upgraded to water-efficient fixtures, it could save more than 300 billion gallons and nearly $2 billion annually. EPA’s newest and most impressive facilities, the Region 8 Headquarters, will save water through the use of high efficiency plumbing fixtures such as dual-flush toilets. (EPA before SubCommittee on Water Resources and Environment, U.S. House of Representatives, November 8, 2007)
Toilets are responsible for 40% of the water used in the home.
Per capita water use in Miami-Dade County, Florida, is 155 gallons per day.
“Americans now use an average of 100 gallons of water each day.”*
“The average household spends as much as $500 per year on its water and sewer bill. By making just a few simple changes to use water more efficiently, you could save about $170 per year.”*
“If one out of every 100 American homes retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, we could save about 100 million kWh of electricity per year—avoiding 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.”*
“If one percent of American homes replaced an older toilet with a high-efficiency toilet (HET), the country would save more than 38 million kWh of electricity - enough to supply more than 43,000 households electricity for one month.”*
If a water appliance in your home is dripping at the rate of one drop per second, you can expect to waste 2,700 gallons per year which will add to the cost of water and sewer utilities, or strain your septic system.
“Letting your faucet run for five minutes uses about as much energy as letting a 60-watt light bulb run for 14 hours.”*
“The average person unknowingly wastes up to 30 gallons of water every day.”*
“Toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for approximately 30 percent of residential indoor water consumption. Toilets also happen to be a major source of wasted water due to leaks and/or inefficiency.”*
“Under federal law, toilets must not exceed 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf ).”*
“Over the course of your lifetime, you will likely flush the toilet nearly 140,000 times.”*
“If a family of four replaced its 3.5 gpf toilets made between 1980 and 1994 with 1.6 gpf toilets, they could save more than $90 annually on their water bill, and $2,000 over the lifetime of the toilets. Savings could be as much as two to three times that amount if the toilets being replaced leak, or are models that uses 5.0 gpf or more. With these savings, a new toilet can pay for itself in only a few years. Additionally, many local utilities offer substantial rebates (ranging from $25 to more than $200) for replacing old toilets with new toilets.”*
“If every home in the United States replaced one old toilet with a new toilet, we would save more than 900 billion gallons of water per year, equal to more than two weeks of flow over Niagara Falls!”*
HOUSEHOLD WATER USE
Average household water use annually - 127,400 gallons.
Average daily household water use - 350 gallons.
(American Water Works Association)
More than 60% of Americans prefer that their toilet paper roll over the top, 29% from the bottom. The rest don't care.
The average toilet is flushed 8 times a day.
The average person spends three years of their life on the loo.
The average person visits the toilet 2,500 times a year - about six to eight times a day.
The first toilet cubicle in a public washroom is the least likely to be used: it is also the cleanest.
IS THE DIRECTION THAT WATER SWIRLS IN MY TOILET DETERMINED BY MY RELATION TO THE EQUATOR?
C’mon! There is such a technical phenomenon which is widely and incorrectly attributed to determining the direction. As a practical matter, direction is determined by toilet design (shape of the bowl, directed angle of the water inlet, etdc.), which has a much larger effect on the direction of the flow than does the miniscule cyclonic effect generated from the earth’s rotation (The Corriolos Force). Check it out for yourself and you will see that water in your toilets swirls in both directions.
“THE HANDRWITING IS ON THE WALL” When you see handwriting on the wall, you can bet you’re in a public restroom.
* US EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) (www.epa.gov) (www.epa.gov/watersense)