Many people who consider a composting toilet also want to reduce their reliance on the water and electricity grids, and it’s little wonder given the price of water and power these days. Part of the process of moving towards a non-electric lifestyle isn’t to remove electricity from your life altogether but to look at more eco-friendly and sustainable ways of producing electricity for your home.
Going ‘off the grid’ doesn’t mean you have to give up conveniences like electric ovens, microwaves or movie nights; it just means thinking differently about how you generate and use the power needed to run a household in the modern era.
Those of us unfamiliar with composting toilets are sometimes surprised to find out they do require a small amount of electricity to run the exhaust fans. These exhaust fans help to reduce the liquid contents of your compost pile (as well as moving any unwanted smells into the atmosphere instead of spreading throughout your home).
Given that composting toilets require electricity, there are some great environmentally friendly ways to go about generating this.
Hang on, ‘traditional’ toilets don’t use any electricity, right?
Whilst it is true that the flushing mechanism of a traditional toilet doesn’t use any power, if we look a little further down the waste management pipeline, we can see that sewage and wastewater treatment plants use up vast amounts of electricity to treat and manage the wastewater of millions of citizens in any given town or city.
Every major city will have several wastewater facilities that require vast amounts of electricity to run things like filtration systems, mechanical grit chambers, pumps, and aeration systems. Australia has roughly 700 community sewage treatment plants that service approximately 85% of our population (source).
Given this large number of sewage treatment plants throughout Australia, you can appreciate the electricity required to treat our waste and turn it back into usable water.
How to create electricity for composting toilets whilst still being environmentally friendly
One of the easiest ways to generate the electricity needed to power exhaust fans for your composting toilet is to hook it up to a solar panel system. This not only takes care of the power consumption needs of your exhaust fan, it also means you won’t need to be connected to the grid for water or electricity to manage waste from your household.
Many of our customers find it easy and convenient to hook their composting toilets up to a solar panel to create the necessary power for their exhaust fans. Installation is easy and quick and requires no special tools or equipment.
If you would like to talk with us about solar panel installation for composting toilets, please call us on 1300 138 182 and we would be more than happy to discuss your requirements.