Your building’s restroom could be saving you money instead of flushing it down the toilet. Water is quickly becoming a threatened resource, and as a result, the cost continues to rise. If you are not metering your facility’s water use, you may not be aware of exactly how much water, and money, is going down the restroom drains. So what can you do?
You can conserve important resources, and save money, in these three areas of your restrooms:
Restrooms are money pits. They require endless resources: water, electricity, paper towels, toilet paper, maintenance, and waste removal. In fact, nearly 40% of the end use of water in most building types is dedicated to the restroom, which means that savings there could have a dramatic impact on your bottom line. And the good news? There are an abundance of tools and products out there that make saving easier than it has ever been before.
A discussion of savings in the restroom means a discussion of high-efficiency toilets and urinals, faucets, and hand dryers.
High efficiency toilets (HETs) are fixtures that have an average flush volume of 1.28 gpf or less, which represents 20% water-savings over the current toilet standard of 1.6 gpf. For a building that replaces just five toilets at 1.6 gpf, with the lower, 1.28 gpf rate, the estimated water savings would total over 18,000 gallons, which translates into approximately $100 per year. Those savings mean that each toilet would pay for itself in just a few years. And if the toilet you are replacing has a greater than 1.6 gpf, the savings are even bigger.
In addition to the use of HETs, your facility can continue the savings with high efficiency urinals (HEUs). The definition of an HEU is a fixture that flushes at .5 gallons or less.
Within this product category, waterless urinals offer the most amount of savings over the urinals you would be replacing.
Benefits of Waterless Urinals
- No water used
- No flush valves
- Lowered maintenance: faster to clean and requires less cleaner
- Vandal resistant: no water supply, valves, or sensors
- Eliminates flooding
|$0 water/sewer||40,000 gallons x 10 urinals = 400,000 gallons/year|
|$0 valve maintenance||$75 x 10 urinals = $750|
|Eliminates emergencies||Fewer restroom disruptions|
|Reduces custodial costs||Faster to clean/reduction in use of cleaning supplies|
Waterless urinals offer touch-free operations while also being odorless and have less bacteria present due to the absence of moisture. This video shows the numerous benefits of waterless urinals in action.
Once you have replaced the toilets and the urinals with more efficient options, the savings continue with faucets.
Today, WaterSense faucets offer 1.5 gpm low-flow aerators that accumulate sizeable savings over previous industry standards. A WaterSense faucet will save 30% over a faucet commonly used since 1994 with a 2.2 gpm rate, and that same faucet will accumulate 45% savings over older, 2.75 gpm faucets common from 1980-1993.
After all of those upgrades and the accompanying savings associated with toilets, urinals, and faucets, the savings continue to mount with the installation of high efficiency hand dryers. When compared to the use of a paper towel hand drying system, the high efficiency hand dryer typically produces a simple payback period of approximately one year. Even with the cost of installation and the price of electricity, the high efficiency hand dryer offers 95% cost savings, and eliminates associated labor, maintenance, and waste concerns. If you consider the cost of the paper towels, as well as the time taken to purchase those towels, the shipping, unloading, storage, installation, and finally, the waste removal of the used towels, it is easy to see how a high efficiency hand dryer, which takes 10-15 seconds to dry and requires 80% less energy than conventional models, will have an immediate impact on your bottom line.
With three powerful ways to save water, electricity, and money, isn’t it time you reconsidered the restroom?