Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Conserve: Water in the Bathroom

If you want to take your water conservation out of the shower and into your bathroom as a whole, I found some great tips and ideas for that too! Below are the best 4 that I found.

  1. Watch your toilet bowl!
    • If you have the money and the desire, go to your nearest home improvement store and buy a new low flow toilet to replace the water guzzler you have now.
    • If you don't have the cash to replace all your pottys don't fret, you can put a bottle or bag of rocks in your toilet tank to reduce the amount of water you use when you flush.
    • While it may make you think of college boys being lazy, you might want to consider this rhyme: "If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown flush it down". Not flushing every time can save water and money for you. Just make sure that you don't let it sit forever because that's gross and it'll probably start to smell. And any house guests you might have will probably be a little put off if they were to discover it.
  2. Get an aerator for your sink faucet.
    • They act like a low flow shower head and mix a little bit of air with your water so that you end up using less water overall. Check out this little beauty on Green Feet.com
  3. Check for leaks and get them fixed.
    • A leaking facet or toilet can waste a ton of water and cost you more on your utility bill.
    • By finding and fixing leaks, you can save yourself from wasting around 400 gallons a month.
    • To find a leak in your toilet, just drop some food coloring into the tank. If it ends up in the bowl without a flush involved, you've got a leak.
  4. Don't let the water run!
    • Now I'm sure that once in childhood you were reminded not to let the water run while you brush your teeth, and you really shouldn't.
    • While it may not save you a ton of water, you can still save about 3 gallons a day by just turning off the water when you aren't using it.
Keep working to save water and save the planet!

No comments: