Ok, here's a smelly subject.
How often should a toilet be flushed? By this I mean, after every use?
With the price of water & sewage bill, which reaches near $100 per month
for a household of 3. I say flush just after every 2 or 3 uses. Can a
toilet really get that smelly if say 2 or 3 people take a dump then flush?
What's your opinions on this.
I have no opinion on flushing. I don't pay for sewage on a regular
basis. I do pay for the electricity for the well pump to refill the
water holding tank after flushing the toilet, and about every 4 to 6
years, a septic tank cleaning that costs around $400.
My Summer electric bill averages around $200 per month, including the
lighting, and 3 fridges, a chest freezer, central air, an inground pool,
dishwasher and clothes washers, driers, cable tv, internet, and various
lights and ceiling fans that no one seems to know how to turn off.
I'm thinking I should just take a shit in the garbage pail and let them
take it away once a week for $34.20 a month. Save the well pump
electricity cost and the septic tank cleaning service fees.
I think shower takes way more water that a toilet does, so it may be a
moot point unless you would also consider skipping every other shower :)
But you can install a dual-flush toilet. That should save some water. Not
sure about economics of it though - looks like you need to save a lot of
water to justify a new $300 toilet.
If only upgrade to dual-flush were possible but I don't think such option
Regarding the cost of water though: mine is also close to $100/month, paid
once in a quarter (half is water, then they just add the same amount for
sewer) but I suspect the municipal water co does not actually read those
meters: quarter after quarter they show the exact same amount of water. I
suspect they were never able to make that wireless reader system work and
they are just guessing it every time. If that's the case, then no matter
what I do to save some water, I'm probably going to end up paying the
I tried to educate my family on the benefits of taking a "Navy" shower.
Wet down, then shut off the water. Soap down and scrub with a wash cloth
or sponge, then turn on the water to rinse off.
They wouldn't buy it.
I can take a shower in 5 minutes. That includes washing my body, shaving my
pits and legs, and washing and conditioning waist-length hair. DH, on the
other hand, shaves in the sink prior to his shower and he's still in there
for nearly 15 minutes. Yes, his hair is longer than mine, but not by much.
Indeed! Who blames them? I have nice, clean, non-smelly women friends
who don't shower every day, but when they do, it's a longer process,
especially when washing hair is involved. Showers are one of the
great things in life!
During a really bad drought in California some years ago, people
actually put buckets in the shower to catch water for other uses.
A recent "dear abby" type advice column featured a nut-case (IMHO)
asking whether she should marry the guy she's engaged to. Says he's
clean, doesn't smell, etc.etc.; has all the qualities she values, BUT
HE DOESN'T SHOWER EVERY DAY, and she was taught that ONE MUST SHOWER
Boy, I hope that wedding never took place. She comes across as a
narrow-minded, unthinking person.
The "dual-flush" thingy is part of the flapper. They can be had for a few
Ours runs $50 to $200 a month (the difference being irrigation), billed every
month. The water is really half that, and like yours, they double it for the
sewer charges. They have some deal for irrigation, but they charge a couple
of grand for an additional meter and installation.
<What you need to do is collect rainwater for flushing your toilet.
Unless of course you live in death valley.
And a duel flush toilet.>
That's the "Zorro" model where a robotic arm extends from the toilet holding
a fencing foil and duels you for the right to flush the toilet. "En Garde!"
There's also the Aaron Burr model, which takes a shot at you when you
attempt to flush.
Oh, you meant "dual" flush. (-:
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