TAG: Toilets

Reinventing the Toilet

Toilets Of Tomorrow

Bill and Melinda Gates want to harness the power of our excrement. About 2.5 billion people use unsafe toilets or defecate in the open. Poor sanitation causes severe diarrhea, which kills 1.5 million children each year. Smart investments in sanitation can reduce disease, increase family incomes, keep girls in school, help preserve the environment, and enhance human dignity. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored a fair in which universities and other research facilities competed to reinvent the toilet. The California Institute of Technology in the United States received the $100,000 first prize for designing a solar-powered toilet that generates… read more

Flushing It Away

Effective water use

In 2011, I bought my husband a dual flush toilet for Father’s Day, and he bought me one for Mother’s Day. I installed them one weekend when he wasn’t looking, for his birthday – best gift EVER.  We live in a 1,200 square foot home in Albany, NY. It is approximately 90 years old with one and a half bathrooms (hence the two toilets).  We reduced our overall potable water usage by 25%. Now, there’s not really any money savings for us in this.  The cost of water in Albany is not much at all.  Only one of the toilets… read more