Friday Links: Quick DIY Projects For Saving Water In The Bathroom
According to the US EPA, a family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day—that's 100 gallons per person! Lucky for us, there are a number of simple, painless ways to reduce consumption, especially in the bathroom. To help out (and get closer to the potential water savings forecast by our Data Scientist John Rutherford), we've scoured the internet for five simple, DIY projects. Have a great day!
1. Make sure your toilet isn't leaking.
Make sure your toilet is functioning as it should with food coloring. (Note: We recommend using green or blue rather than red and suggest not leaving it there for more than a half an hour.)
2. Turn it off! A strategy that is as boring as it is effective!
Don't keep the water running while you brush your teeth or shampoo your hair. And take shorter showers—shortening your shower by just two minutes could save up to 150 gallons of water/month.
3. Install an aerator on your sink and mount a low-flow showerhead.
Apartment Therapy reviews the showerheads here.
4. Use your water twice.
Follow these instructions to mount a faucet and basin on your toilet. Once you're done washing your hands (with clean water), the leftovers will go to fill your toilet tank. Read more here.
5. Save gallons by putting a bucket under your shower while you wait for the water to heat up.
Then use the water on your plants or to flush your toilet. Read more.