As more North Americans in Canada and the US are tired of finding themselves in a TP crisis, there has been a major focus on bidets.
If you have also started searching for a good toilet paper alternative, hopefully you are starting to think about getting a bidet instead.
They are more sanitary and are much more effective at maintaining your hygiene.
But, will they cause you to spend more on your water and electricity bills?
To find out how a bidet will affect your wallet instead of just your butt, read on for the answers!
Bidet vs toilet paper: Do bidets save water?
Bidets do save water over toilet paper but in a very indirect way. A bidet uses around ⅛ of a gallon of water every time you use it. Assuming it gets used four times per day for a family of four, it takes about a half gallon of water per day.
Let’s assume that it takes a week to go through a roll of toilet paper for the average family of four. That means that a bidet uses about 4 gallons of water in the time it takes to go through a roll of toilet paper.
A roll of toilet paper takes up to 37 gallons of water to produce. So in the same amount of time a bidet uses about 1/10 of the water it takes to produce a roll of toilet paper.
Think about how much toilet paper a family of four goes through and you get an idea of just how much water you’re actually wasting by using toilet paper. It’s just that it happens before the toilet paper gets to you so it’s an unseen consumption.
Do bidets increase water bills?
A bidet will increase your water bill slightly. However, it is literally less than a dollar each month added to your bill. The average household spends about $30 per 1,000 gallons of water used. Since a bidet uses about ½ a gallon per day for a family of four, that comes to about 15 gallons extra per month.
That puts it at roughly $0.50 per month on average for the water use of a typical bidet. Let’s be less conservative and assume that people get carried away with how much water they think they need and it would cost no more than $0.90 for the month.
Now, it really only takes about 20 to 30 seconds to rinse off with a bidet, but some people take longer because they want to make sure they are clean.
Are bidets better for the environment?
Bidets are much better for the environment than toilet paper. They use less water as we’ve learned. But they also reduce greenhouse gases since more people using bidets means less fuel needed to transport the toilet paper.
And then there is the environmental cost of producing the toilet paper besides just the water. There are chemicals used for dyes and fragrances for toilet paper. And then it is bleached to make it white and soft. This all ends up in the environment as a waste product of the production process that doesn’t happen when you use a bidet.
Then, think of all that toilet paper that has to be processed in sewage treatment plants. You’re reducing your environmental footprint considerably by using a bidet.
Other costs of running a bidet
If you use an old school, stand alone bidet then your costs are simply the water used to wash up. There is no electricity used and no maintenance that needs to be done.
However, when you buy an electric bidet toilet seat there are electric costs as well. If you use the warm water heater plus air dryer then you will see a slight rise in your electricity bill. But, once again, we are talking about less than a couple of dollars per month.
Using a toilet bidet combo may cost you more if you use all the bells and whistles like heated seat, air deodorizer and nightlight. But, it still is not that much money.
There are some small maintenance costs like changing filters and the cost to clean them up, but again we’re talking about pennies per month.
A bidet is better for the environment and even though it does increase your bills slightly, you are not overspending because you have one. And thinking about how much less of an effect you are doing to the environment is something that should help you sleep better at night. Not to mention that you’ll also be sleeping with a cleaner butt!
If you have any questions about bidets, drop a message in the comment box below and I will get back to you ASAP.