Tips for Simple Living: Save Water in the Bathroom

November 12, 2010

I’m sure you’ve been absolutely heartbroken by the lack of tips the last two weeks. I let you down, I know. But to make it up, I will give you a three-fer this week. It’s a Friday treat.

Save water in the bathroom. These tips are all related, and they all involve your bathroom. In America the average family of four uses 400 gallons of water every day. That’s a lot of water, and about half of that water is used in the bathroom. So what can you do?

1. Install a faucet aerator. These are really cheap, and they can reduce your water consumption by as much as 50%.

2. Install a low-flow showerhead. These are also inexpensive, and they use half the water that traditional showerheads use. And you don’t have to worry about poor water pressure–these do reduce flow, but I doubt you will even notice a difference.

3. Displace water in your toilet tank. Your toilet alone can account for 27% of your household water use. Try this: place a two-liter bottle filled with water or sand in your toilet tank.  Experiment with this to make sure you still have enough flushing power, but this will save water and money every time you flush. You can also use this mantra: if it’s yellow let it mellow, if it’s brown flush it down.

Enjoy your tips and your weekend!


One Response to “Tips for Simple Living: Save Water in the Bathroom”

  1. I love the displacement idea! I’ll definitely give it a whirl.

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