Green Bathrooms Save Money And The Planet


(BPT) - Adding a modern bathroom addition is a smart way to increase the value of your home while protecting our natural resources. In addition to reducing your impact on the planet, installing a low-consumption toilet can cut your water bills. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), residential toilets account for about one-third of our nation’s indoor household water use, or more than 2.1 trillion gallons of water a year. Because each person typically uses from 80 to 100 gallons of water per day, installing a low-flush toilet is a great way to make a local difference that can have a global effect. With this one improvement, a family of four will save an estimated 50 gallons of water each day. That’s close to 20,000 gallons each year! If your home was built prior to 1992, when the federal government began mandating low-flush toilets, your existing bathroom toilets likely use 3.5 gallons per flush (gpf). If your home dates back to the 1950s or earlier, you may have a 5.5-gpm toilet or even a 7-gpm guzzler. Green Basement? Sure! But what if you want to add a modern, water-saving bathroom in the basement where none currently exists? The high cost of pounding through cement to install conventional plumbing lines can easily out-pace the money you’ll save on your water bills. The solution? Saniflo makes modern low-consumption toilet systems that use special “macerating” plumbing technology, so there’s no need to dig up the basement floor to install plumbing drainage for a new bathroom. Looking very much like a conventional toilet, a macerating toilet takes up roughly the same amount of floor space. But instead of routing the flush water through a drain in the floor, the system moves it to a macerating pump, usually located on the floor between the toilet and the wall, although it can be hidden behind the wall if you prefer. The macerator pump uses a fast-rotating blade to liquefy waste and toilet paper in the flush water. The waste is released under pressure through small-diameter piping to the sewer or septic tank. The technology requires no special maintenance, and the pump is sealed for life. The fixtures will work up to 12 feet below and as far as 150 feet away from a septic tank or sewer line. Installing a sub-level Saniflo bathroom not only solves a costly plumbing problem, it also makes it easy to reduce your water usage. All Saniflo toilets are low-consumption. Two models, the Sanicompact and the Sanistar, use just over one gallon per flush, as compared with the 1.6 gpf used by conventional toilets. At greatly reduced labor costs and with superior installation flexibility, Saniflo systems represent a high-quality, economical improvement for any homeowner looking to trim unnecessary water consumption while helping the environment. For more information about Saniflo bathroom systems, call (800) 363-5874. Or visit Saniflo at www.saniflo.com. Courtesy of ARAcontent