Green Dilemma: Old Toilets

Green Dilemma: Old Toilets

Stephanie Kinnear
Mar 11, 2008

Well, it's bathroom month here at Apartment Therapy. So, eventually, we were going to have to talk about toilets.

Did you know that most old toilets (made before 1994) use 5 gallons of water per flush? Many of us live in rentals, so replacing an old water-chugging toilet isn't an option.

So what do you do to save water? Let the yellow mellow (sorry)? Put a brick or full water bottle in the toilet tank?

If you own your home and have a toilet that was made before 1994, Danny Seo of Simply Green recommends that you toss the dinosaur and get a new low-flow toilet. Or even a dual-flush.

He thinks that the water saved far outweighs the negative impact of adding the porcelain to the landfill. What do you think?

And how do you save water with your toilet?

image via raldo; sxc.hu

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