Flush Our Toilets Less To Save

Toilet flush
Photo by cowicide.

The topic of how of your flush the toilet can be awkward to discuss, but it one we must discuss to ensure we reduce our water use.  With showering and laundry, flushing the toilet can be one of the biggest uses of water in our households.  Here are some tips that could help you cut back on your daily water use and save you a few bucks along the way.

Let’s first take a look at age old saying when it comes to flushing:

“If it’s yellow, let it mellow; If it’s brown, flush it down”

Yes, this saying may seem disgusting to most, but it has validity.  There is no reason that we need to flush our toilets 5 or more times a day just because we feel that it grosses us out.  Instead of flushing, why not just close the lid to keep it away from sight?  There are also no health concern with leaving urine in the toilet in our households besides possibly the smell being irritating.  The same goes with toilet paper in the toilet, no need to flush it down.  Just make sure that not too much toilet paper is filling the toilets to back it up. This can reduce our usual 5 flushes a day down to only 2.  The bigger the household, the more this can really add up.

Less Toilet Paper

Sometimes people get carried away when using toilet paper and can force us to have to flush multiple times when it really is unnecessary.  Try to use as little as possible to help prevent further trees from being cut down as well as saving you some money on both water and toilet paper.

Low-Flow Toilets

Another way that we can also save on the amount of water we use with toilets is to switch over to low-flow or high efficiency toilets if you currently have a older model.  New toilets are required to use at most 1.5 gallons per flush (gpf).  More recent WaterSense models maximize efficiency with performance to ensure that you are not over flushing.  Older models can use as much as 7 gallons per flush.  That is like flushing less than 3 times the amount just by upgrading you toilets.

Combine a low-flow toilet with the flushing techniques above and you really reduce your water consumption while keeping some money in your pockets.

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  1. Nice informative post. If we flush out our pot daily it will help to keep that clean. Try to use less toilet paper becoz it increase the toilet’s yellowness..

  2. The only problem I see with not flushing the toilet even when it comes to the yellow stuff… is that if you leave it unflushed for too long, it begins to stain the bowl, and making it very hard to clean afterwords.

    Till then,


    • Pays to Live Green
    • August 4th, 2009

    @Jean: The minerals that are found in our water as well as in our urine are the culprits of those hard to clean stains. The urine itself does have a bad smell bit will usually not stain any more than just leaving ordinary water sit in our toilets. The key is how long you leave it sitting in the toilet. If you leave the urine in their for long periods of time without flushing, it will probably be more likely to have a buildup of minerals. The stains can be difficult to clean, but I found that if you spray them with a strong vinegar solution and let it sit, they will usually come right off.

    • TI
    • August 5th, 2009

    Oh no, I save on health will never….

    • T5
    • August 7th, 2009

    I recently bought a smaller consumption bowl and it works great. ..no different then teh regular toilet

  3. We’ve recently had different toilets fitted. They have the two buttons which create different strength flushes. With it we save water while flushing the same amount every day.

  4. A common complaint of the low-flush toilets is that they require more frequent cleanings and clog more readily than the older toilets. I never worry about the cleaning, since toilets should be spotless all the time and I find the latest models clear the bowl with one flush and seldom clog.

    You can also consider the dual flush toilets, which will utilize the full six litres of water to flush solid waste but only use three litres for liquid waste.

  5. Thanks for the feedback!

    Till then,


  6. My husband would be great at this, he never flushes the toilet. But on a serious note, this is a great idea to help the environment.

    • jay
    • July 30th, 2010

    Instead of worrying about flushing so often,just pee in the sink or shower or outside if you can.

  7. We’ve recently had different toilets fitted. ;)

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