Here's how it works:
- Keep a bucket handy in the bathroom (we keep ours in the completely superfluous "garden" tub, but you can keep in under the sink, in the towel closet, wherever it's handy)
- Hang the bucket on the shower head (our low flow shower head has this little knob on it that makes it easy to hang, but do what you gotta do to keep it there) and turn the water on.
- Once the water has heated up to a bearable temperature (for us it's about 3/4 of the bucket), pull the bucket out of the shower and hop in!
It turns out that one shower will fill our watering can for an easy sprinkling in the garden. Sure, my backyard garden needs more than one or two showers' worth of reserve, but trust me, every little bit helps not only for the Earth, but our water bill as well.
Other ways you might save a little water here and there...
- Don't have a garden or yard? Save your shower water to flush your toilets.
- Do you can jams, soups, or veggies? Save the water from the pressure canner or boiling water bath for the garden, compost pile, or your next canning job.
- Aerators are a cheap and easy fix to wasted water down the bathroom sink (how much flow do you need to brush your teeth, anyway?)
- Don't mow as often. We let our grass grow extra long so that it stays healthier without the constant watering (that only drains our pocketbook). The neighbors probably aren't super crazy about how long we go between mowing, but hey, it only makes their lawns look better, right?
Saving water is good for our pocket books and the environment; and it's easy! But I'll bet there are plenty more ideas out there. How do you save water in your home?