This might be hard to believe, but there’s a growing trend that’s got the men of the house installing urinals in their homes. In fact, a urinal uses significantly less water than a traditional toilet. There are even urinals available that don’t use any water at all. These zero-flush urinals can save up to 40,000 gallons of water every year, which is equal to the size of three large swimming pools.
Just as installing a low-flow toilet would, installing a urinal in your home will cost an initial investment, but you will see significant savings afterward. In fact, a urinal will pay for itself in less than a year, and of course, the savings will continue year after year.
You can reduce installation fees by putting in a zero-flush model. These models cost much less to install because there is no water line or flushing device to deal with. With the prediction of sewer charges and rising water prices, this idea might sound better than you initially thought.
Beyond the money savings, you’ll never have to lift, or close, that toilet seat again.
If you’re in the market for it, give a urinal a second thought and see if it could benefit your home.
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