Today's environmental concerns for conserving water and power demonstrates itself across the board in multiple industries and especially in architecture, building design in particular, and construction. Water and energy savings begin in the bathroom simply because that's where you use the most water and cause your water heater to run. Modern building design provides solutions which allow you to enjoy a luxurious space for bathing and preparing yourself for the day without using more water and power than necessary.
Showers v. Bathtubs
Showers use less water, and less hot water, than a bath and are generally what most people use. Modern shower heads are designed to use less water with higher pressure as a means to conserve water while providing the function you need and expect from the shower. Although the shower conserves water, there is no reason to forego the comfort of a nice bath whether it's what you prefer on a daily basis or enjoy for relaxation on your day off work.
Bathtubs can be designed to allow for less water during daily usage or to sanitize itself rather than draining after each use, much like a hot tub, according to your needs. A key part of environmentalism is not that you suffer or simply don't live the way you would like, but be aware when you're using resources and try to incorporate means of making less of an impact in the areas of your life in which you can utilize conservation.
The Water Saving Toilet
There are many different designs for water saving toilets for either the home and commercial buildings. Some toilets function really well while conserving water whereas others require two flushes which isn't really saving water. What works well in a residential setting is a toilet which has two flush modes according to what needs to be done. The bottom line is to choose a toilet which meets the needs of sanitation while using as little water as possible.
Commercial buildings which host many different people on a daily basis simply need to use a little more water for a typical flush than what may work in your home. As with most projects, the best results for your needs come when you discuss them honestly with your contractor who has experience in what works and doesn't work in situations similar to yours.
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