Eco-Friendly Toilets, Bathroom Vanities and Sinks

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Do you know what modern toilets were called when they were first patented way back in 1857? If you said “john” then you would be absolutely incorrect. The first patented toilets were called “plunger closets.” Even though the term “closet” has little in common with a toilet, these early “plunger closets” were based upon designs similar to those seen in the commercial toilets found in today’s commercial lavatories. As you might imagine, the invention of toilets and indoor plumbing added considerable convenience to the lives of every person. Although bathroom vanities and sinks would not appear until a few years later, at least people no longer had to make a trip outside and across the lawn every time they had to relieve themselves. Obviously, this was particularly nice during the winter time, when a trip to the bathroom meant contending with subzero temperatures and three feet of snow. While the indoor toilet was a revolutionary invention, its one draw back was over-consumption of water. Unlike contemporary toilets, early toilets could use up five gallons of water per flush. Clearly, the amount of water that old-fashioned toilets used over a year was frightening. When bathroom vanities and sinks came into use, of course, water usage increased even more. Fortunately for both homeowners and the environment, finding efficient toilets is easy. This is because any bathroom supply store carries a selection of pressure assisted toilets. Most toilets manufactured after 1982 use less than two gallons of water or less per flush. Some of today’s pressure assisted toilets use as little as one gallon of water on partial flush settings, while only 1.5 gallons for a full flush. What makes pressure assisted toilets more efficient than standard toilets is how it uses trapped air and water and gravity for a more efficient flush. Basically, when an individual flushes a pressure assisted toilet, two separate chambers function together in order to hold and release water and air. As trapped air and water are released from the inner chamber, it forces out and replaces used water. The result is less wasted water and increased efficiency. Now that most of us have the luxury of taking indoor plumbing and running water for granted, we should all make an effort to reduce our water usage. Sure, saving water is good for our wallets, but it’s even better for the environment. To learn more, read this:

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