It is pretty obvious that using a bidet is a cleaner, more hygienic alternative to using toilet paper. While dry cleaning may be recommended for some of your dresses or suits, it is not recommended for our bodies. Washing with water is healthier and more effective, and it’s really just common sense. With recent articles in the New York Times and other publications about how great our products are, it’s safe to say people are starting to catch on to the benefits of installing a bidet toilet seat. But something that may not be as well-known as the hygiene benefits, is the fact they are also more environmentally friendly than our old toilet-paper model.
One surprising bit of information most people don’t know is that bidets are more water conservative than toilet paper. A bidet doesn’t need to use all that much water per use because its spray is concentrated. A good unit with strong water pressure will get you clean while being efficient with water - a 15 second wash is all that's needed. The big thing many don’t realize is how much water is used in the production of toilet paper. During the manufacturing process, toilet paper producers use approximately 37 gallons of water for each roll produced. Even for bidet users who may still use some toilet paper for drying purposes, the amount of toilet paper consumed is reduced by 75% or more! So while it may not seem so at first glance, the truth is bidet seats actually conserve more water than toilet paper.
When people think about the environmental impact of toilet paper, the first thing that often comes to mind is the number of trees used. If you read our infographic which was recently referenced in the Huffington Post, you’ll see that 9.1 million trees are used every year for toilet paper production in the U.S. alone. Our infographic also tells you that Americans collectively use 7.4 billion rolls each year. Those are some pretty staggering numbers. And with all that TP getting flushed, another detrimental effect from our high-volume consumption of toilet paper is in our sewer systems. Too much toilet paper can clog toilets and cause backed up sewer lines. Water treatment facilities can be overwhelmed not just with too much toilet paper but also with other materials such as wet wipes which have caused big problems for water treatment facilities backing up pipes and damaging equipment.
In addition to these environmental benefits, many models have automated power saving mode which reserves energy and makes them extremely energy efficient, particularly newer models with tankless water heating systems. Going green for environmental reasons is good for everyone, but it also doesn’t hurt that installing one can save you some green with all the money that you’ll save in toilet paper costs over the life of your bidet seat.
When some people think of a bidet, they picture a big porcelain piece taking up space near the toilet as a separate plumbing fixture. Luckily, today’s electronic bidet toilet seats have advanced by leaps and bounds over the old-fashioned model. Modern units easily install directly on your toilet and are simple enough for do-it-yourself installation. No separate fixture, no invasive plumbing, no special tools needed. Here are some general tips to know about installing your new purchase.
The first thing to know is that bidet seats – and toilets – come in two different sizes: elongated and round. It’s important to know your toilet size so you can determine what size bidet you need. If you’re unsure of the size you need, the best thing to do is measure your toilet using our fitting guide. Our fitting guide also shows you how to measure the distance behind the toilet seat mounting bolts to ensure your toilet has the clearance to fit a bidet. The vast majority of toilets have more than ample space, but a quick measurement is a good way to be sure.
Once you are ready to install, you will first want to remove your current toilet seat by unscrewing the bolts under the toilet seat caps. Once removed, you can then secure the included mounting plate directly to the toilet using the hardware included with your shipment. There is some flexibility with the mounting plate so you can move the plate a little farther back or forward on the toilet to get an optimal fit. Once the mounting plate is secured, the bidet simply slides in and locks into place. This also makes it easy to remove the seat should you ever need to move it.
For the water supply, you'll simply split the water line already running to the toilet water tank. A T-connection will be included with your order, which acts like a "splitter" so the water runs two different ways. One way will continue to your toilet tank, and the other way will run to the bidet (a separate bidet hose will also be included). Keep in mind to shut off the water valve on your wall before connecting the T-connection and the supply hoses. Once installed, turn the water valve back on and tighten any connections should you find any leaks.
As they are electronic bidet seats, you will need to plug the unit into an outlet. The majority of units have a power cord on the right side as you are facing the toilet. Most cords are approximately 4 feet in length and will have a grounded three prong plug. We recommend a GFI outlet, which are commonly found in bathrooms and have the red and black reset buttons. You can safely use a grounded extension cord should you require it.
Congratulations: You are now ready to begin using your new bidet toilet seat! It takes most people less than 30 minutes to install. And if you run into any snags, you can always contact us here at bidetsPLUS for assistance. And to think, it only takes about 30 minutes to install something that will provide you with years of health, hygiene and comfort!