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Reducing my Water Footprint with Mansfield Plumbing



I'm a homeowner and being a homeowner can be extremely expensive. I always joke around that I spent way less money when I was renting in NYC, even with the rent being exorbitantly high. Being a homeowner, is no ride in the park. We're talking about mortgages, home owners insurances, home owners warranties (I definitely recommend if you're a homeowner) and the usual utility bills, plus any home repairs that may appear. While I would have been able to call my home management team if something comes up while renting, now there's no one to call and I have to dig into my funds when something breaks. I've noticed that since we upgraded our home to a much bigger home, with awesome landscaping, my water bill has been sky high. I was looking at over $400 every month and that's from landscaping (watering my lawn), toilet flushing, doing dishes, taking baths, showers etc., and don't talk about the summer! Now, while I can cut down on my lawn watering, that would mean that my grass would turn brown and die and I don't think my Home Owners Association would like that, I still have to do the dishes and all of the above, however there are ways to cut down on water consumption and I decided to take the plunge and do so. We still had the old fashioned toilets that took a LOT of water with each flush and I wanted those high pressure toilets that only used about a gallon of water per flush. I scoured the internet and did my research and during my search, I was approached by Mansfield Plumbing. Seems like the toilet gods were talking to me because they just happened to email me while I was searching for the very same thing.


Now here's a little information about Mansfield Plumbing.

"Mansfield Plumbing Products was founded in 1929, right here in the USA and is the leading producer of top quality, high design, performance plumbing fixtures and fittings for use in residential, commercial and institutional markets. To ensure the highest quality, stringent quality control standards and extensive testing is applied to every product made. The current line of products includes: vitreous china toilets, lavatories and urinals; toilet tank trim; and acrylic air-baths, whirlpools, bathtubs and shower bases."

Now there were a few specifications that I looked for while searching for my perfect toilet. The photo above is my old toilet. It's typical of the older toilets. Low to the ground and of course use a lot more water than necessary. For my new fixture, I wanted something that didn't use quite so much water and also a bit higher. I'm 5'10" and my husband is 6'5" so it always felt like we were a little too low when using the bathroom. The new Mansfield Summit ADA 1.28 fit all my specifications.



The Mansfield Summit ADA 1.28 came with an elongated front SmartHeight bowl. What that means is that the toilet bowl itself is elongated instead of round and the height is 16 1/2 inches from the floor, instead of the usual 15. That almost 2 inches really does make a difference. The elongated bowls which are usually a bit more expensive than the round bowls, also feels a lot more comfortable and provide a bit more support to your bum as well. This also used only 1.28gals of water while my older toilet used 5 gallons. I'm saving almost 4 gallons per flush.



I hired a professional to install my new Mansfield Summit ADA 1.28 and according to my plumber, I made a great choice. He highly recommends Mansfield and has installed quite a lot of them in other homes. Now I felt even better knowing that I made the right decision in the toilet that I chose, and that I chose one that was actually also made right here in the USA.

So here are my impressions:

PROS:
  • Very little water usage
  • Higher seat
  • Slimmer profile so great for smaller bathrooms
  • Available in white, bone or biscuit to match your current decor
  • Easy to clean
  • Pressure flush takes care of everything with just one flush
  • Easy to install


CONS:
  • A little loud when flushing and also when refilling, but because it only uses 1.28gpf, it refills very quickly so it's not too distracting. 

Overall, I'm very satisfied with my choice and of course my plans are now to replace my other 2 toilets with Mansfield Plumbing toilets. One thing to note is that Mansfield also offers a limited lifetime warranty on the china and Five-year limited warranty on the tank trim. 



Here are 5 tips on reducing your water footprint:

1. Install Water Saving Toilets and replace your old fashioned water guzzling toilets. Since most old fashioned toilets normally use anything from 3-7 gallons of water, you'll use approximately hundreds of gallons less at the end of the month.

2. Use water saving shower heads and if you can, invest in high energy efficient washers and dishwashers. This is yet another great way to reduce the amount of water you use.

3. Use your dishwasher and stop washing by hands. Did you know that you actually use less water in your dishwasher than you do by washing by hand? You can use up to 20 gallons of water washing a full load of dishes, compared to using only 3 gallons on most energy star rated dishwashers.

4. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth. You can save up to 4 gallons of water if you do this at each brushing. That's roughly 8 gallons a day if you brush twice a day, and more than 200 gallons a month.

5. Take showers instead of baths or if you love long showers, take shorter showers. 


You'll be amazed at your water bill, and your bank account will love you at the end of the month with all the extra savings!

Let's discuss: How are you reducing your water footprint? 
Annmarie John
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  1. Great news that you can save water without having to deal with insufficient water pressure. It looks nice, too, very modern with the slim design.

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    1. It's amazing! I couldn't be happier with it. I'd definitely be recommending it to everyone who asks.

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  2. When I recently remodeled my bathroom, I installed a toilet that used less water, had a slimmer profile and a higher seat. I'm tall and can't stand a low toilet. I always feel like I'm doing squats. :) Looks like you made a great choice.

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    1. Oh we made an excellent choice and I'm so happy with it.

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  3. Really great to replace plumbing fixtures in the house as each of them that you replace will help to reduce your plumbing footprint. I know it feels great to put in a new toilet. Enjoy..

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    1. Oh it feels amazing and can't wait to redo the rest of the house as well.

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  4. We could really try and find these, we have three bathrooms and 7 people. So we can relate to the higher water bill. Plus the pool great tip and thanks for sharing

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    1. You're very welcome and yes you should most certainly try and install these. You will greatly reduce your water consumption.

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  5. We changed to water saving toilets when we redid our bathrooms. It was such a simple step to reduce our water usage.

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    1. Isn't it? And it's amazing how much you save.

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  6. That is great! I think it's so important to limit our consumption of resources whenever possible to lessen our impact on the planet.

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    1. That is very true and the more we can do that the better it is for everyone.

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  7. We recently got a water saving toilet in our house, we rent but it was important to me! Our old house we had all 3 toilets water saving toilets, and it makes me feel so much better to know we aren't using as much water as a normal toilet! - Jeanine

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    1. And you're doing your part for the environment as well.

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  8. You meant to get that toilet. ;) I love that it is saving water with every flush. We all know how important it is to conserve it but using the bathroom is something we can't really avoid. I like that it's elongated because we have a very small bathroom.

    We have been thinking about a lot of things that need to be redone in this house and the bathrooms and toilets are one of them. I would love to look more into the Mansfield Summit.

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    1. The toilet gods were talking to me and said "yes, you're going to get this". Oh you should totally get the Summit or any Mansfield toilet as a matter of fact.

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  9. This toilet sounds terrific. I love that it helps to save water, both for its impact on the environment as well as the impact on your wallet :) I would love to replace the toilets in our house and will have to check Mansfield toilets out when I start my shopping!

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    1. Please do, you won't regret it, that I can say with certainty.

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  10. This is really great to know about, I may have to switch out when I purchase a home in the future. Right now I rent so not sure owners would like me messing with their bathrooms. And we have three bathrooms here.

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    1. Well you can always call and find out. Usually if you're doing an upgrade to the home, the owners won't mind at all you doing it.

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  11. I need a new toilet in the master bathroom. I accidentally broke the top and apparently you can't find it in stores. :(

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    1. Then you certainly know who to check out. Go and get a Mansfield Plumbing toilet.

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  12. I want to go to the Mansfield Plumbing toilet. I have some issues in our toilets.

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    1. You're going to love them. I now have no qualms about flushing because I'm not using as much water as I used to before.

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  13. This sounds like a great toilet and a great way to save on water too. I didn't realize how much water one flush can take on the older toilets. These are all great water saving tips. I do turn the water off while brushing my teeth and I have a water saver shower head. Thanks for sharing your Mansfield toilet and the tips.

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    1. It's an amazing way to save on water. You use so much more water with the older toilets and it's a lot of waste. The Mansfield Plumbing Summit ADA 1.28gpf is awesome!

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  14. I didn't realize that you could save more water by using your dishwasher than washing by hands! That's really good to know. I rent so unfortunately, I don't get a choice in toilets, but when we buy a house again someday, I will look into it!

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    1. A lot of people don't realize that but think about it. If you keep the tap running while washing just one dish, think about how much water goes down the drain. It's why we wait until night to load and run the dishwasher.

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  15. Good way to conserve! I must research this toilet. Mines is wasteful and just awful!

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    1. Please do, it's awesome and you don't want to be a Wasetful Wendy.

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  16. We haven't bought our own house yet but toilets like these are definitely something I would like to invest in. I'm huge on making my footprint on Earth just a little smaller.

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    1. You can do so much to reduce your water footprint and other carbon footprints.

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  17. We definitely need to replace our toilets. They are both from 1971, and I think they use around 5 gallons. We swapped our shower head and that's been saving a lot of water - it's interesting how small changes add up quickly.

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    1. Isn't is? We switched out our shower heads and we've reduced the amount of water to each station that we use with our sprinklers. We've also replaced our dishwasher and washer and now all we have left is our toilets. I think the toilets actually used more water. With 5 of us in the house currently and 3 toilets, it's a constant flush fest. :)

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  18. Great choice! We recently remodeled our two bathrooms and selected a toilet with very similar features. I love the additional height and that they take far less water. I would highly recommend them to all homeowners. The amount of water you save is amazing, especially if you have kids in the home. I had read somewhere that you use less water by using a dishwasher than by washing by hand and I believe that.

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    1. I should have done this a long time ago and I recommend them myself too. I also have to recommend Mansfield Plumbing toilets because it's working amazing for us. It's also the one that my plumber recommended so that's great too.

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  19. I really like the look of this toilet. I appreciate a taller, more slimline fixture as I'm close to 5' 10" too. And, I like that it's more efficient and uses less water with each flush!

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    1. Yes with my height, I was not fond of the older lower toilets myself. I love the height of this and the fact that it DOES use less water.

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  20. Thank you! We are water conscious in our home because we have a well and if it runs out, well, that's it! No public water in our end of town at all. We are replacing bathroom toilets and sinks this year at a renovation and items like this are at the top of our list!

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    1. Oh no, I can't even begin to imagine running out of water. Yes you need to conserve all the water you can and this is perfect for you.

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  21. I hate to say reducing my water footprint has never been a huge concern of mine before - of course I always try to turn off water when I'm not using it and I try not to be excessive. But if I can make such a simple change to save on water it seems like an obvious choice.

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    1. I never used to worry about it when I was renting, it wasn't until I became a homeowner that I really considered it although there are times I don't think about it much. I've been trying to teach my kids to do their part like we all should.

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  22. I'm happy to see that I'm doing more than I thought I was. I'm a dishwasher person, I turn the water off while brushing teeth and I take quick showers.

    However I'm all about savings so maybe I need to look into changing the four toilets we have.

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    1. I think you should change those water guzzling toilets if you have them and invest in a Mansfield Plumbing toilet.

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  23. I completely agree with you, renting was so much cheaper than being a homeowner. This is a great way to save some money on water expenses which can get expensive over time.

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    1. Oh it can most certainly get expensive. My older home didn't use as much since we didn't have a sprinkler system but we did have a pool. :)

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  24. Living in California, we are drought conscious. We replaced older toilets with water saving ones and follow the tips you listed.

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    1. Oh that's great, and if you need to replace those, I would suggest getting Mansfield.

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  25. We need a new toilet here. How can you tell how many gallons of water an old toilet is using?

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    1. A quick search of your make and model should tell you how much water your current toilet uses. The older ones usually use anywhere from 3 1/2 to 7 gallons.

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  26. We try to reduce water in our home when we can. I didn't know that installing a new toilet could make such a big difference!

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  27. Really awesome post! Reducing your footprint is something we all should focus on, and this post was really informative in helping do that :)

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    1. Thank you Pieretta and we all need to play our part in preserving something that seems to be dwindling and I'm glad to be able to do so with this.

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  28. I honestly never thought too much about this before but this was an interesting post! Thanks for the tips as well. It definitely seems quite easy to start paying more attention to this.

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    1. Oh it's very easy. With the water shortage that's happening around the world, you're going to need to watch how much water you're using.

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  29. I have actually never thought about my water footprint but I do know that we use a LOT of water because we have the older toilets. They're so expensive to replace all at once though that I would have to do them bit by bit. I've never heard of Mansfield Plumbing before but I am loving that toilet. I love the height and the fact that it only uses 1gal of water. I'm going to have to tell hubby about these. Thank you!

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    1. Replacing all the toilets can be expensive but oh so worth it in the long run. Please check out Mansfield Plumbing and any of their toilets. Can you believe my toilet in my bathroom with my Summit is my most used toilet now because the kids said they love mine more. Time to replace theirs. :)

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