Much has been made of the bidet’s environmentally-friendly aspects. Allowing households to function day-to-day without relying on wasteful toilet paper, it’s one of the smartest fixtures homeowners can ever install. Of course, ensuring that your bidet leaves as little environmental footprint as possible can best be achieved by using it more consciously.
1. Water pressure
Use light water pressure if that’s all you need. If you just have to wash off the area, instead of needing to remove dirt, a soft gush of water should water. That simple behavior adjustment can mean gallons upon gallons of water saved throughout the year.
Between warm water, heated seats, warm air, the remote control, electronic sensors and a host of other special features, premium bidets can use up quite a bit of electricity. As such, it’s prudent to do your part in trying to conserve it, should that be an option.
Whenever you can, use regular water instead warm, turn off heating on the seats if the weather’s not too cold and shut off the sensors and automatic controls if they’re not necessary. Unless you have seniors or disabled parties living at home, much of the automated functionalities in electronic bidets aren’t all that essential. Use only what you need.
3. Working condition
Perform regular tune-up to make sure your bidet is in tip-top condition. If you notice leaks between connecting pipes, always attend to it immediately, to avoid wasting water. Make sure to keep the facility clean to avoid damaging it.
Eco-conscious homeowners are ever on the lookout for new technologies that will help reduce our use of resources and the bidet has proven to be a valuable home addition that achieves just that.
Do you know that in the United States alone, people use an estimated 36.5 billion rolls of toilet paper annually? That means over 15 million trees cut down from forests, 473 billion gallons of water used up during manufacturing, 17 terawatts of electricity powering the toilet paper factories and 253,000 tons of chlorine employed for bleaching the pulp. Now, imagine how much resources are wasted for toilet paper production worldwide.
If you’re at all concerned about reducing your household’s environmental footprint, the bidet is an easy way to achieve it, single-handedly eliminating the need for toilet papers in the bathroom. A single toilet seat bidet (you can find decent quality, non-electric ones for as low as $50) can be attached to your existing toilet and plugged into your plumbing with just a short amount of work. If you hire a contractor to install it, the whole job should cost you no more than $150.
Using only water to clean you up after doing the dirty deed, it uses very little resources for essentially the same function as toilet papers. Apart from the cleaning, some bidets even include a drying mechanism so you really don’t need any toilet paper to wipe your posterior dry. Alternatively, many green-conscious bidet users keep bidet towels to pat themselves dry instead of toilet papers to totally eliminating the pulp product from their bathrooms.
If you’re really earnest about saving those rainforests, you may want to get serious about installing a bidet. It really will help you achieve those conservation goals faster than ever before, as well as hold off on the use of plenty of resources in the process.