Thursday, 22 October 2009


You are probably wonder why I have posted a picture of my toilet on the blog, well the topic for That Little Bit Greener this week is water. I think the Japanese have a great idea with their toilets and would like to share with you! For starters it has a two way flush, big one for number two's and a quick little flush for when you have had a tinkle. Now, when you flush the toilet, the water in the tank washes your business away and the fresh water comes through a tap at the top, which means you can wash your hands and the water you use doesn't get wasted, it goes into the tank for the next flush - BRILLIANT. It also gets rid of the need of those ridiculous teenie weenie sinks that you have to have in new restrooms.

This loo came as standard with the house and has a bidet and heated seat, I can live without it but hubby likes it. We do, however only turn it on when we want to use it, I know many people leave it on 24/7.

Another great thing is the way to take a bath, I wrote posts on this a while back parts one and two. Basically, the bath water is fairly clean when the family is done with it so we use a special pump that pumps the water into the top loading washing machine, so the bath water is used for the first two cycles, fresh water is used for the rinse. The washing machine also weighs how much is in the load and uses the appropriate amount of water for the load. Clever stuff.
I think my biggest waste of water is the way that I wash up, I tend to have the tap running so I am going to try and change that.
On a web group I belong to someone posted a link to 100 water saving tips, as I read through it, I would say about 75% wasn't relevant to our lifestyle, a lot was to save water when maintaining your pool and watering the lawn, neither of which we have. I think the best tip was to put food colour in your toilet tank and see if any of it ends up in the bowl (without flushing) if so, you have a leak.
For those in Japan, we used to have one of those heated water pots, the type you leave on all day. I wanted to get rid of it because I don't drink many hot drinks through the day, maybe two, so it didn't make sense to use it and if you try and use it like a kettle, well, it takes forever to boil. So, I bugged hubby until he decided to 'research' (can't buy anything without research) anyway, he discovered that the water pots use as much electricity as a standard fridge! Needless to say, he was down the shops in a flash and I now have a lovely Tefal kettle.
So, over to you, what are your water saving tips? Pop over to TLBG to see what everyone else does.
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