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Addressing water usage in the home is job one for any sustainable household. Incorporate these easy, no-cost solutions for reducing your toilet's water consumption into your lifestyle and feel proud of yourself for doing something every day for the future longevity of our planet's resources.

Cheap and easy DIY low-flow toilet idea

Place a plastic water bottle filled with sand or rocks (for weight) and water into the tank of your old fashioned water-guzzling toilet. The bottle will take up space in your tank that would otherwise be filled with freshwater.

“If it’s yellow, keep it mellow…”

Okay, so we may not all have come from one those households, but if you’re not expecting company and aren’t ultra compulsive, why not just flush the toilet every two or three pees instead of every time? You’ll save 3–6 gallons of water per flush if you do. And if the average person empties their bladder eight to ten times a day, that’s a potential savings of 8,700–22,000 gallons of water (or more) per year for just one household. That’s significant.

That includes tissue and dental floss

Every time you throw anything in the toilet that could have gone into the waste basket, you’re using 3–6 gallons of water. Does this make sense? If you can’t recycle it, why not just throw it in the garbage—it’s right there. Your thirsty grandchildren will thank you, I’m sure.

Test for leaks

Here’s a great tip from EarthEasy.com: Put a little food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the color begins to appear in the bowl within 30 minutes, you have a leak that should be repaired immediately. Most replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to install.