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Saving water in the shower and at the toilet

I'm looking for ways to save water at home. We already have a water efficient dishwasher and washing machine, so I'm looking at the shower and toilets. I live in the US and own my house. Shower: * We waste a lot of water waiting for it to warm up. Is there something we could install so that the water is warm immediately? * What's the best low-volume shower head? * Strategies for an on/off switch at the shower head so we can wet down, shut off, soap, turn on to rinse? Toilets: * What's a good low-volume toilet that won't clog up? * Dual-Flush toilets (for when you do a number 1 or a number 2) Thanks!
posted by GernBlandston on Nov 15, 2013 - 26 answers

Help Me Put Exercise In My Exercise So I Can Workout While I Workout

Thanks to following the advice from some previous AskMeFi threads, I have finally gotten back into a regular workout routine. I am still working to find a set of exercises I can alternate between that make the best use of the time I have and that I do not dread doing. I've found that I really appreciate exercises that work multiple parts of the body simultaneously (I think it keeps me from focusing on how unpleasant the strain on any one body part is), especially ones that work my core without having to do situps. For example, squats combined with overhead press. Googling hasn't been that fruitful. What are some other exercises or combination of exercises that I can use to maximize my workout? I do not have a gym membership, but I have a good set of free weights and resistance bands at my disposal.
posted by C'est la D.C. on Oct 20, 2013 - 10 answers

Compact Car for a Floppy Family

Do you have a Honda Fit or another compact car that you can recommend for a family of four? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jul 9, 2013 - 30 answers

What is your ultimate 'never let you down' object?

What is the item you own that is completely 'fit and forget'? What is the thing in your life which needs the least minuscule amount of attention, upgrades, tweaking, watering, oiling, sharpening, and so on? It performs 100% and you can utterly rely on its metronomic efficiency. Consulting the hive mind for recommended products you use which do their job and do it well all the time. Your go to thing that, y'know, just works... Every Single Time. [more inside]
posted by 0 answers on May 27, 2013 - 70 answers

She wants to save money—and not f*ck up the environment

Mom wants a fuel-efficient car . . . what should she get? [more inside]
posted by GlassHeart on May 4, 2013 - 19 answers

Freelancers: What are your tips to make it easy to do expenses/taxes?

I work as a freelancer, and have done so for many years. Which means I need to track all my expenses for tax time. I'd like to spend as little time as possible on this, both week-to-week, and at the end of the year. I'm in Canada, if that affects things. [more inside]
posted by ManInSuit on Apr 11, 2013 - 13 answers

How to be a better note taker for meetings?

What do you do before, during, and after a meeting to end up with concise, but accurate and useful notes? Technical/practical and framing advice welcome. [more inside]
posted by mercredi on Sep 12, 2012 - 7 answers

How much energy does a modern LCD display use?

If you have a recent 18" to 20" size LCD monitor and a kill-a-watt watt meter, can you please plug it into the watt meter and tell me how much power it's actually drawing? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Sep 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Need some travel accessory recommendations...

Looking for practical travel accessories [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Mar 22, 2012 - 32 answers

Which fridge rating should we use to choose a more efficient fridge?

On a small solar system that trips out a lot, what's the most important rating on a replacement fridge to indicate efficiency: full-load amps, or kWh/yr? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 on Aug 12, 2011 - 8 answers

How do I get from Vancouver, BC, to San Francisco, CA, without flying?

How do I get from Vancouver, BC, to San Francisco, CA, without flying? [more inside]
posted by Cpt. The Mango on May 21, 2011 - 11 answers

Efficient or lazy?

I wait until, I think a task needs to be done ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY or NO MORE DELAY possible to do anything. [more inside]
posted by daveg02 on Apr 27, 2011 - 23 answers

brrrr

Are standalone Heater-Fans/Oil-Filled heaters more efficient (electricity wise) than electric baseboards? [more inside]
posted by porpoise on Nov 7, 2010 - 17 answers

Blowing bubbles on a plane

Given a set of points on a plane (or in a bounded region), how do I find the radii of circles centered at each point that provide the best covering? [more inside]
posted by Eamon on Oct 19, 2010 - 28 answers

Finder Blues

Using Finder is murdering my mind. What's the most efficient way to move/delete/rename files, view sort by metadata? On a Mac. Getting good with unix commands? Some sort of Vim file management system cobbled together with plugins?
posted by parallax7d on Aug 31, 2010 - 11 answers

It's curtains for ya, Bugsy!

Looking for advice and documentation on different kinds of energy efficient curtains. [more inside]
posted by GJSchaller on Jan 11, 2010 - 2 answers

Backing up a messed up older Mac?

Best method/software for efficient, non-annoying backup for a slightly older Mac (G4 running 10.3.9)? [more inside]
posted by southvie on Oct 28, 2009 - 4 answers

Would like to thoroughly understand investment, then forget about it till age 50.

Does the backlash against the Efficient Market Hypothesis have another answer for my lazy-investing needs? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 19, 2009 - 14 answers

i love u smartwool!

Super efficient/awesome clothing &/or gadgets that have changed your life? I finally bought a lightweight soft wicking wool undershirt and it's a revelation. I can't believe that it took me so long to realize how much BETTER they are than standard cotton or synthetics. Does anyone else have any similar recommendations?
posted by leotrotsky on Aug 10, 2009 - 38 answers

under pressure

im looking for a new fangled device designed to measure tyre pressure for cars. you drive onto a ramp and somehow it reads the pressure. [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Jul 2, 2009 - 19 answers

Which charity is the most cost-effective?

What is the most cost-effective charity I can donate money to online, in terms of welfare increased per euro donated? [more inside]
posted by SamuelBowman on May 13, 2009 - 8 answers

Help Me Get Things Done

I love taking risk-taking. I am bold, tenacious, speak my mind and if you've met me you would know that I get a certain thrill out of it. Increasingly, I am finding myself wanting for ways to channel my love of risk into the energy I need to get things done. Please help me do this. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Apr 9, 2009 - 5 answers

Electric or gas to boil the kettle?

An energy efficient cuppa? I have a 1900w (240v 10A) electric kettle, and an enamelled steel Le Creuset kettle that sits on the natural gas stove. Which is more energy efficient? [more inside]
posted by bystander on Dec 7, 2008 - 17 answers

Why doesnt my fridge make use of the winter weather?

Why doesnt my fridge make use of the winter weather? [more inside]
posted by damn dirty ape on Feb 19, 2008 - 24 answers

Better bulb for those halogen torchieres?

Does anyone make a better bulb for those ubiquitous halogen torchieres? [more inside]
posted by bink on Feb 20, 2007 - 13 answers

Where to find energy efficient GU10 bulbs in Canada?

Where can I find GU10 compact fluorescent bulbs in Canada/US? I've found these bulbs overseas at sites like this one but can't find a source for these in Canada/US. I'm located in Winnipeg (central Canada), so any Canadian vendors would be ideal, shipping to Canada from the US would be second best.
posted by gfroese on Feb 9, 2007 - 5 answers

Cheapest/Best Portable Net plan for Xbox Live?

Barring signal strength for a location or normal lag issues, what which plan is cheapest for portable Internet (Clearw're, Xanadoo, etc) service that I can laglessly play Xbox Live with? [more inside]
posted by vanoakenfold on Oct 20, 2006 - 3 answers

Algorithm performance and throttling in PHP/Apache

Efficient string array comparisons in PHP, and a question about Apache and PHP performance... [more inside]
posted by Mr. Six on May 13, 2006 - 16 answers

Make my heater green!

What's the most energy efficient way to run the heater in my office? [more inside]
posted by shokod on Mar 5, 2006 - 5 answers

Efficient computer tools: what would you put on the list?

What tools do you use to be efficient while working on a computer, be it online or not? Things like del.icio.us, dropload, winzip, phpbboards, group blogs/wikis, etc. Are there any books for general fine tuning of already computer-familiar users? What about seminars? [more inside]
posted by yoga on May 6, 2005 - 28 answers

Becoming more efficient

I'm giving a presentation on things that people can use to be more efficient. I've already covered things like google maps, google calculator, google dictionary, and metafilter and (of course) basecamp. Do any of you have any little thing you do to make your life more efficient. [more inside]
posted by sirsteven on Mar 7, 2005 - 21 answers

Homemade salt dehumidifier?

I'm looking for and learning about energy-saving/environmentally-friendly clothes dryer alternatives. My (basement) dryer is inefficient and requires a good 6' - 8' to vent (again, inefficiently) outdoors. I'm thinking of getting a Spin Dryer, but still just occasionally using the regular dryer to finish larger loads after the Spin. For the regular dryer I'm thinking of using an indoor dryer vent, but I'd like to limit the added humidity with a homemade salt dehumidifer. Anyone have experience making one? Can I just put the indoor dryer vent in a big plastic tub with some road salt to trap the moisture, maybe with some filtration media instead of the tub's lid to allow for some air escape? Or something somesuch? Does this plan sound okay so far?
posted by Shane on Jan 2, 2005 - 8 answers

stackable washer dryer what is the best

Have you ever bought a stackable washer/dryer? I'm looking for a New York City sized washer dryer set, something that will fit in my small space. I have a hookup that was here when I bought the place but I've never used it. Any thoughts on what the smallest, most incredibly efficent, wonderful, washer/dryer unit might be?
posted by Shanachie on Jan 2, 2005 - 13 answers

good, small, inexpensive, energy-efficient space heater?

What is a good, small, inexpensive, energy-efficient space heater? Living in a leaky old house, we're starting to dread the approach of our first winter here. All we have is one crappy gas wall heater, this electricity-sucking system on the roof that pumps down solar-heated air, and a fireplace in the bedroom. We need more. (We're already going to seal the windows with plastic where we can.)
posted by gottabefunky on Sep 23, 2004 - 8 answers

FHA Energy Efficient Programs

Has anyone had experience with the energy efficient program for FHA mortgage loans?
posted by jazzkat11 on Apr 1, 2004 - 2 answers

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