A thrifty trick to saving money and water

I live and wash on teh hopes that there is rain. I am constantly running my well dry. I know I am getting older because I now look at rainfall in relation to how many loads of laundry I can do and how much water will be left for showers. Trust me, there is nothing worse than standing in the shower with soap in your hair and not being able to rinse it out. Talk about a bad hair day. I have heard about this water and money saving trick and like the idea. I will give a quick disclaimer, if you, shall we say, fill the potty a lot, then flush more often as you will have a little less water in the flush.
According to the video, you can save 16% on y ou water bill and 7500 gallons of water per year. Now I can handle that many showers!

Let me know what you think.

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    • http://american-wife.blogspot.com Emily

      Hmm. What if I already have low-flow toilets? Would that make it even less than what they already use?

      As much as I like being green and saving $, I must say I don’t really like my low flow toilets. Kids just can’t reach their little hiney’s to where the water is. Nuff said.

    • http://www.thriftymommy.com kellys

      I don’t think I would suggest it with a low flow toilet. IMHO

    • http://www.thriftymommy.com kellys

      I don’t think I would suggest it with a low flow toilet. IMHO You already have the advantage of not flushing 5-7 gallons each time. You flush, what? 2 gallons. You still are doing better than I am with this trick,

    • http://www.ecotransitions.com Andrea Paulinelli

      A regular toilet is not designed to flush paper and solid waste with reduced amounts of water, so the likelihood of clogging or having to flush twice after installing a water displacement device increases. Standard US toilets clear the bowl with siphon technology, so the diameter of the trap way has to be a small as possible (please view siphon vs. washdown technology here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_z6pymOet7g&feature=channel_page.) If you are serious about saving water, want a toilet that really works and is affordable, I would highly recommend a Caroma Dual Flush toilet. Caroma toilets offer a patented dual flush technology consisting of a 0.8 Gal flush for liquid waste and a 1.6 Gal flush for solids. Caroma, an Australian company set the standard by giving the world its first successful two button dual flush system in the nineteen eighties and has since perfected the technology. Also, with a full 3.5” trap way, these toilets virtually never clog. All of Caroma’s toilets are on the list of WaterSense labeled HET’s http://www.epa.gov/watersense/pp/find_het.htm and also qualify for several rebate programs currently available throughout the US as well as LEED points. Please go to http://www.caromausa.com for more detailed information or visit http://www.ecotransitions.com/howto.asp to see how we flush a potato with the half flush (0.8 gallons), meant for liquid waste. To learn more about toilets you can also visit my blog http://pottygirl.wordpress.com/. Best regards, Andrea Paulinelli