Yes, El Nino is coming, but that doesn’t mean that water conservation is unimportant.  This week, we’re compiling all our best posts on ways to save water at the place where you spend the most of your time: in your home.

Grey water is water that can be re-used in your lawn and garden.  After you shower or rinse vegetables, that water isn’t in a drinkable condition any more, but rather than flush it down the drain, you can sprinkle it outside yourself.  You can install greywater systems yourself, but not everybody is hands-on, and some renters don’t have the power to make changes to their homes.  That’s why this blog post breaks down free, easy ways to use greywater in your home without the need for intensive plumbing.

Do you commute?  Enjoy road trips?  Ever take a relaxing Sunday afternoon drive?  Well, gasoline is a major water-guzzler.  Next time you need to head out of the house, check if public transit, bicycling, or even walking might be an alternate option.  Worst-case scenario, you get some exercise, fresh air, and a chance to slow down and sniff the flowers.

What is your morning routine like?  If it involves a daily shower, maybe it’s time for some reconsideration.  I enjoy the feel of some nice, warm water pressure as much as anyone, but it’s actually healthier for your skin to skip regular showers. 

Speaking of showers, a full quarter of all of your water use occurs in the restroom.  Of course, good hygiene is important, but there’s no conflict between staying clean and that old rhyme, “If it’s yellow, let it mellow.”  That’s why one of the easiest ways to save water is to just reduce the number of your flushes. 

Another water-saving trip involving your porcelain throne involves putting a brick, full bottle of water, or something else heavy in your toilet tank.  Since this is your toilet’s way of measuring the amount of water to use per flush, you can transform a traditional commode into a low-flow one.  Just try not to use both methods – reducing the amount of water per flush also means reducing the amount of solid matter you can flush away, and if you’re not flushing as often, the last thing you want is a clog with several days’ build up.

Have we forgotten any water-saving tips?  Share your favorites below!

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