Bathrooms have come a long way as technology has allowed for improvements to bathroom vanities and sinks, commercial toilets, contemporary toilets, water saving toilets, and more. One would think its not that hard to change the properties of a toilet, but technology has revolutionized our modern toilets and appliances and given us fresh perspective on appearance and functionality.
With water shortages becoming more common, numerous states and nations are enacting regulations to conserve water. The efforts have centered primarily on water efficiency and finding ways to meet our needs using the least amount of water. One approach is the installation of high efficiency toilets to replace old, water intensive ones, which consume as much as seven gallons per flush! That’s a lot of waste (no pun intended).
If your home has an old toilet, it makes sense, from both an economic and environmental standpoint, to replace it with a water conserving model that will use about 55 percent less water than a conventional toilet.
Usable flushing toilets have been around in since the 1600s, but some people chose not to use them. When Queen Elizabeth I was presented with a flushing toilet, she refused to use it because it made too much noise. Nowadays, indoor plumbing and other technology has paved the way for modern toilets. Although pressure assisted toilets and water saving toilets may seem more expensive than gravity toilets, the cost equals out because they require less flushing and less water, and do a better job removing waste.
By using water efficient toilets and water saving toilets users can feel like they are doing better for the planet. Eco friendly appliances for the bathroom can help cut down on water usage. The toilet is the single biggest water user in the home, greater than taking showers or filling the tub for a bath. Replacing old toilets with low consumption modern toilets can cut water consumption by a quarter percent or more.
Other modern bathroom conveniences are walk in bath tubs, which are designed to allow less effort getting in and out of your tub or shower. These specialty tubs are perfect for those with health and balance issues that prevent leg lifting as well as for non ambulatory people. Walk in bathtubs feature a door that opens either inward or outward and allows the user to step in. A watertight seam forms the basin of the tub and when the door is shut no water can spill or seep.
Outfitted with modern appliance such as water saving toilets and other useful items, bathrooms are becoming some of the most comfortable, and environmentally friendly places in the house. By starting small with the bathroom, you can get ideas of how you might like to update other areas of the house which can help you save money as well as protect the environment.