Five Tips to Make Your Santa Clarita Home’s Bathroom Greener
If you’re looking for ways to make your Santa Clarita home’s bathroom more eco-friendly, here are some tips on saving water and more.
- Fix the toilet. A leaky toilet wastes unimaginable amounts of precious water. In addition, toilets made before 1990 use an average of 3.5 gallons with every flush. (Low-flow models use as little as .8 gallons.) But you don’t have to
replace your toilet to save. To retrofit an old toilet, opt for this free fix
and save ½ gallon per flush: Fill an empty 2-liter bottle three-quarters full
with sand or stones; fill the rest with water and place it in the tank as far
from the valve as possible.
- Replace or upgrade your old faucet. Faucets account for more than 15 percent of indoor household water use, so reducing their flow (by up to 30 percent) with WaterSense-labeled products will amount to huge savings. If you don’t want to replace your old faucets, you can achieve the same water savings with very inexpensive faucet aerators.
- Turn down the water heater. Hot water heaters use nearly 20 percent of the average Santa Clarita home’s energy. Most manufacturers preset hot water heaters at 140 degrees. Reducing water temperature by 10 degrees saves 3 to 5 percent in energy costs. In most cases 120 degrees is perfectly comfortable.
- Don’t use commercial drain cleaners. Common drain cleaners contain
lye, hydrochloric acid and trichloroethane—toxins that corrode the plumbing in
your Santa Clarita home’s bathroom and linger in the water supply. For a safe
alternative, use this easy method: Pour ¼ cup baking soda down the drain
followed by ½ cup vinegar. Cover tightly until the bubbling stops and flush
with a gallon of boiling water. Repeat if necessary.
- Use toilet paper made from recycled paper. According to Greenpeace,
Americans could save more than 400,000 trees if each family bought a roll of
recycled toilet paper—just once.
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