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.
* 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?
* 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)
posted by GernBlandston
on Nov 15, 2013 -
Sauber? Sauber! Help me find this German toilet ad. It's been cracking me up for twenty years. [more inside]
posted by dmvs
on Feb 2, 2011 -
Woman Filter: So a girlfriend of mine and I just discovered that we've been operating under contradicting information about whether it's okay to flush tampons! [more inside]
posted by crunchtopmuffin
on Mar 22, 2008 -
I was a bit inspired by this post
to think about what kinds of composting toilets are available for a poured-concrete apartment building in the middle of an urban area. Am I nuts for even thinking of it? Even if I could, wouldn't the stench ruin us? Or what are the technological barriers preventing these systems from being smaller than they are? [more inside]
posted by saysthis
on Dec 7, 2007 -
I bought a house recently and my first utilities bill was $230 (!). Most of the cost was water, and the folks at city hall wondered if it was a toilet leak, but I haven't heard or seen evidence of this. Any ideas? Anyone had to inspect a house for leaks? [more inside]
posted by hall of robots
on Oct 28, 2005 -
Any good hacks for getting a low flow toilet to deliver a stronger flush? Commode replacement is not, unfortunately, an option.
posted by nakedcodemonkey
on Feb 2, 2005 -
The toilet seat at my place of work has a chart like this
embossed on the underside. Clearly months and years, with a period of them checked off with little bumps. What could it possibly mean? The chart is about 5cm x 5cm in size.
posted by Jimbob
on Nov 14, 2004 -
ToiletFilter: I'm adding a toilet in the basement of our house. Should I get a low-flow 1.6 gpf unit, or go for a free multi-gallon unit? Can I retrofit a multi-gallon unit to flush less?
posted by daver
on Mar 2, 2004 -
I bought a new toilet seat about 18 months ago and the laminate of the inside front is already chipping. While these things aren't that expensive to replace I'd just as soon find a way to cover it up. Can I use plain white paint or will the small but growing?
posted by billsaysthis
on Dec 27, 2003 -
I know how to unclog a toilet. How do you keep it from clogging, specifically if you have no influence over who's going to use it (e.g. when you're having, say, a party this weekend)? Is there something to flush down it occasionally, or daily, that will minimize the chances of clogging?
posted by soyjoy
on Dec 17, 2003 -