Sunday, August 9, 2009

green tip

We have 6 people in our family and so we use a lot of water. One way we have found to save some water in when you flush, I know this may sound strange but think about it, on average we use about 2-3 gallons of water each flush. This means that we are using on average 1825 gallons a year just to flush per person, this is based on only using the toilet 2 times per day. multiply that times the number of people in your house and you can see how this can add up to a lot of water. So our little green tip for the day is to add a one gallon milk jug (cleaned and washed out of course) into the back tank. If you fill it with water then each time you flush it will save you 1 gallon of water. For our family the savings adds up, lets say we use the toilet 2 times a day each that will add up to 4380 Gallons of water in one year! That's a ton of water well actually 18.28 tons to be exact.

Here is how to do it.
  1. Take a cleaned out Milk Jug, make sure it has no label on it either, the label could come off and clog your toilet.
  2. fill the jug with water and cap it off.
  3. take the top off the back of your toilet (be careful it's heavy and breakable)
  4. flush your toilet while its refilling place the jug in the open side of your tank
  5. make sure that it isn't coming into contact with any of the mechanisms in your tank.
There you go its just that easy, the next time your tank fills up it will stop at its normal level but since the jug is in there it will be one gallon less per flush, you won't even notice the difference. Now your tank size may be a bit smaller depending on the model of toilet that you use, if this is the case you may not be able to fit a gallon jug in there but try a half gallon or another type of jug, remember to use plastic not glass and fill it with water.

happy saving and remember to live well, bless better.

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