A Home With Green Plumbing Can Save you Money
"If one out of every 100 American homes was retrofitted with water-efficient plumbing fixtures, we could save approximately 100 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year - avoiding 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. The greenhouse gas savings would be equivalent to removing nearly 15,000 automobiles from the road for one year!" –EPA 2008
Roto-Rooter in St. Paul is committed to helping you make greener, smarter changes in your home and your life. Below are some tips for how you can fix leaks in your toilets and ways you can update to conserve water.
- A leaking or "running" toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day. That's 73,000 gallons a year, or enough to fill four in-ground swimming pools!
- Roto-Rooter can fix any leaking toilet but if you're a do-it-yourselfer, try replacing the flapper valve. This will fix most toilet leaks.
- Test your toilet for silent leaks by dropping a few drops of red food coloring in the tank. Wait fifteen minutes. If the water in the bowl has turned red, you have a leak.
- Prior to the 1950s, mostU.S.toilets used about seven gallons per flush. By 1970, new toilets used about five gallons. The 1980s ushered in 3.5 gallon toilets. By 1993, 1.6 gallon toilets became the standard. Now, many states and municipalities favor 1.28 gallon toilets.
- If your toilet was made before 1993, you are flushing money down the drain and using at least 3.5 gallons with every flush. Let Roto-Rooter replace your old toilet with a modern high-efficiency 1.28 gallon toilet. You'll start saving immediately, up to $2,000 in water costs over the lifetime of the toilet.
- And in case you haven’t noticed, water and sewer rates have been rising rapidly over the past several years, even here in Minnesota – The Land of 10,000 Lakes… and The Land of Sky Blue Waters, to quote our old local Hamm’s commercials.
Remember, if you are ever experiencing plumbing or drainage problems contact a Roto-Rooter professional in St. Paul immediately!