Ask Eartha: How to save water (and money) at home – Summit Daily News

Dear Eartha,
My friends just remodeled their bathroom and upgraded to a low-flow toilet. Does that really have an impact?

On average in the United States, water from the tap, toilet, dishwasher and other appliances adds up to about 138 gallons per household per day. That’s roughly 60 gallons per person per day, and it’s all based on data from the Water Footprint Calculator. Breaking this down further, we find that much of the daily water use occurs in the bathroom with about 64% used by toilets, taps and shower heads.

Based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense data, leaky toilets, faucets and appliances account for more than 1 trillion gallons of wasted water each year, equal to the annual household water use of 11 million homes. Simply upgrading an old toilet to a low-flow model can save upward of 13,000 gallons of water annually for the average family. This is an easy way to save on your water bill each month and usually requires a plumber to install new toilets and properly address any leaks that might exist with your fixtures.

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