Use Less, Save More

Over the years the bathroom has become a place of luxury. Its design has changed from pure function to a relaxing oasis. However, this can lead to excessive water use. Consciously trying to conserve water can be a big help to the world and the balance on the water bill. Start by taking small steps to reduce water use, and gradually increase these habits until they are routine.

During the time that it takes for the shower water to heat up, collect the cooler water in a bucket to be used for other household chores like cleaning or watering plants. This can be especially beneficial for those with slow water heaters.

When jumping in the shower, cut down on shower time a little bit each day until it’s down to the length of a single song. Also, turning off the water while shaving can help cut down on water consumption. Check those showerheads for leaks too. Leaky faucets and shower heads can waste 20 gallons a day. Fixing them will not only save water, but probably a few headaches too.

Switching out the conventional toilet, which uses five to seven gallons per flush, for a low-flow toilet, which uses around two gallons per flush, can really help out. Toilets use the most water of all household water appliances. The average person flushes five times a day, which could add up to 35 gallons being used per person, not counting showering.


Current Trends in Toilets

You might think toilets are a pretty standard design and rarely change; however, innovation is alive and well in toilet development. Designers have gotten creative by lowering water use, offering nice options and trying unique designs.

In terms of reducing water use, in 1975 the average toilet in Japan needed 13 liters to flush. Today, on average, it takes 4.8 liters. However, the cutting edge toilets have gotten as low as 1.3 liters a flush. The Japanese have focused on the technology in toilets and certainly are leading the way but all toilet manufacturers are focusing on lowering water use.


This toilet lid opens as a person approaches and closes as someone leaves. Less contact with a toilet seat is always a good thing.



This toilet lights up at night for safety.



This toilet suds up between uses.



This is a “touchless” toilet by Kohler. As you can see in the picture, holding a hand over the sensor on top of the toilet makes it flush. Easy and clean.



This wall mounted Geberit DuoFresh system extracts odors, runs them through a carbon filter then blows the clean air back into the room.



Other toilets on the market include heated seats and temperature controlled bidets set by the user. Some are designed to be less obvious such as designs that look like chairs or cabinets when not in use.