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GIVEAWAY: Enter to Win a Sloan AQUS Grey Water Toilet System That Recycles Your Sink Water (Worth $189)!

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Win a Sloan AQUS Grey Water System!

Saving water is one of the most important things we can do to ensure environmental and social sustainability for generations to come – but while many of us try to be conscious of our water use, we flush thousands of gallons of water down the drain each year due to inefficient toilets and sinks. To help cut down on this inefficient use of a vital resource, we’ve teamed up with Sloan Valve Company to give away FIVE AQUS water reclamation systems (Worth $189 each)! This awesome system is a simple DIY setup that takes your bathroom’s sink water and recycles it for flushing in your toilet – and it could save you up to 6,000 gallons of water each year. It’s easy to enter – just follow the steps below and tell us your top tip for conserving water!

TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY:

1. SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter, so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it!

2. BECOME A FAN OF INHABITAT ON FACEBOOK Just visit our page and click on the “Like” button at the top.

3. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW and tell us your top tip for conserving water. The deadline for this fabulous giveaway is Wednesday, September 28th. We’ll pick the 5 comments we like best and announce the winners in our September 29th newsletter, so make sure you’re signed up!

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Sloan’s AQUS system is built around a box that rests below your sink and is capable of holding up to 5.5 gallons of reclaimed sink water. A small pump, activated by a water level sensor in the toilet tank, transfers the grey water to the toilet and fills the reservoir alongside the toilet’s water supply, off-setting 65% of the potable water needed per flush. If the Aqus runs out of water, the toilet’s regular water supply will complete the flush, and if the Aqus is full, the excess water is drained normally. The system also requires minimal maintenance – just once a year.

Each system comes as a kit that includes a hose and sensor wire, fixtures to be installed in the toilet tank, and some plumbing to connect the sink to the storage tank. The entering sink water pours through chlorine tablets, which are inserted to make sure the water is not dangerous, and a screen catches hair and other objects.

While payback depends on your location and you usage, since many municipalities charge for waste water processing, it could take just a few years for the AQUS to pay for itself. But above all, you’ll finally have peace of mind knowing you aren’t letting thousands of gallons of water go to waste!

+ Sloan AQUS Water Reuse System

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  1. helen kypraiou September 23, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Taking into consideration that the sink in my bathroom is next to the toilet, I had the idea of joining the pipe from the sink to the toilet tank by a smaller pipe, so the gray water from washing hands, face or shaving would not go to waste, but would be used to flash the toilet. I even asked our plumber to come up with an idea of how to connect it, but as it happens with all new anorthodox ideas, he says he is still working on it so it won’t be a makeshift device that would not look nice in our bathroom, and would not make people think we are so cheap as to want to use the sink water to flush the toilet. We haven’t realized yet we are facing a severe water shortage and we are trying to convince ourselves we are well off by consuming or rather wasting as much as we can.

  2. quozzle September 23, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Since I already conserve with rain barrels, try to water plants with kitchen grey water where possible, and shower whenever possible after the solar heats the pipes, winning this would be the next best step! I already receive your newsletter and ‘like’ you on Facebook.

  3. Hsuanwei September 23, 2011 at 3:57 am

    Something that’s really simple and easy – buying a small water-proof shower timer (they’re available LOTS OF PLACES on the Internet, and are super cheap!) with suction cups that can attach to the wall. It’s basically like an hour glass that runs out every 5 mins. You turn it around when you start your shower, and by the time the sands have all passed through you know you’ve used up 5 mins of precious water! This is also great for people who lose track of time in the shower in the morning and end up being late to school/work. :) (there are other much more expensive inventions out there that are machines that basically rations the amount of shower time each family member can use, but that’s a little extreme and expensive…)

    As residents of Southern California, my family started transitioning to native landscaping around half a decade ago when we had a very bad drought. Instead of simply following directions from the water district to limit lawn-watering to a few days a week, my parents simply let our green, overly-manicured lawns die (much to the dismay of our neighbors), which was the perfect chance to replace all this water-hungry stuff with native species. Now only the few veggies growing in our garden require watering – and we do so with water collected from washing vegetables and fruits, and since we cook with very little grease and oil, most of our soap-free dishwater.

    I’m also a huge opponent of car washes… particularly people who spray down the cars on their driveways EVERY WEEKEND, creating streams in our streets and shortages behind our dams. I think we should just learn to not be so obsessed with having an impeccably shiny care CONSTANTLY… and when windshields get dirty, just use the cleaning thingy under the trashcans at gas stations! And if anything, wait until a local high school club or youth group holds a fundraiser car wash, so you can give your car that semi-annual scrub and support a good cause at the same time.

    Finally, I’d like the propose my most radical idea regarding saving water… somehow reshape the economic/political system to encourage/mandate residents of the Greater Los Angeles area and other naturally arid areas with very large populations (Las Vegas, I’m looking at you :P) to relocate! LA’s natural water supplies are only supposed to sustain around 100,000 people at the most, and over the course of LA’s history our politicians and investors schemed, tricked, and manipulated to essentially “steal” water from Central California (look up “Owens Valley” for a truly tragic story of a wonderful natural ecosystem now dried up) and the Colorado River. Large urban areas like LA and its surrounding neighborhoods exist where they are against the rules and allowance of nature, and how much longer do we humans think we can sustain this kind of expansion and existence? Dubai and other arid cities in the Middle East may be able to pay for the super expensive and energy-intensive processes of reverse osmosis and other forms of water purification NOW, but what about in the future? Our children’s future? We, as a global population, need to reexamine the unsustainable expansion patterns, lifestyle changes, and economic restructuring/development within the last few centuries and make a change where we can, before it’s too late!

  4. renegourley September 23, 2011 at 1:46 am

    We have a dual sink in the kitchen, and so when I wash dishes, I put soapy water in one sink and rinse water in the other (no need to fill all the way at all). I wash in the first and rinse in the second. I used to run water whenever I wanted to rinse, but using standing water means I not only use less water, but I can hear the music too! Bonus!

  5. cwmarsha September 22, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Use water collected in a rain barrel to wash dishes.

    Also, if it’s within your price range, get a high-efficiency washer. On average, these use 80% less water than normal front-loading washers!

  6. jamesl September 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm

    Like a rain barrel under your sink!

  7. onebitpixel September 22, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    This thing looks like a fantastic opportunity to upgrade the parents guest bathroom… never too late to teach old dogs new tricks (about the environment).

  8. ecolicousmama September 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    no one likes a cold shower in the winter…so we started collecting the undesireable, ice cold water you run off before jumping in the shower. we use the water for flushing the toilet or watering plants, whatever.
    we don’t wash our dirty cars, maybe just a window spot clean them for safety-other than that. i installed a rain barrel last year, plans to install another on another side.
    kids take a bath together.
    have installed low flow shower heads, and quick showers.
    check the toilets for leaks.
    recycle cooking water to water plants, or moisten to my compost pile.

  9. pollycharlie September 22, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    The city of Hong Kong uses sea water to flush all their water. I wish the cities in the US seaboard has such infrastructure.

  10. mgr2011 September 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    This thing looks awesome. It would go great in the bathroom I am remodeling. I’m also trying to procure another item I saw on your site, the eco-drain. Having some trouble with that one as it’s a Canadian company and it doesn’t seem to actually be on the market yet.

  11. antler September 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    There are two things I do to preserve water. Each morning I fill a small bowl with water, and a little bit of bio-soap mixed with a small amount of food grade peroxide.. like an ounce of 6% solution. I use this for cleaning my dishes, silverware and tabletops throughout the day. This way I only use the water for rinsing, and not for washing.

    The other thing I do, which really takes some time and development, is use native ground cover as much as possible around the house, rather than grass.. because you do not have to water ground cover, it looks nicer, there is virtually no maintenance, there are no chemicals and fertilizer, it gives the bugs and frogs a place to live, and frankly, lawns are really ugly and boring and sterile.

  12. Ellen Sokolow September 22, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Oh, we dont flush toilets when we pee! and we have a bucket in the shower for collecting water, which we then use on the garden. Use a soaker hose for watering gardens too. All dish water goes on the compost! We’d love this gray water system gadget, thanks!
    Ellen at the Crane Hill Farm

  13. ame525 September 22, 2011 at 4:47 pm

    We replaced sections of our yard with plants/landscaping/gardens that have low water requirements. We reuse household water to water the gardens. I have installed rain barrels around the gardens and at each downspout to use during dry spells and to raise water levels in the pool when the hot part of the summer causes water loss.

  14. HAppell September 22, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    I work for a company who provides LEED services and we always strive to reduce water use by 40% in all the projects we work on…that’s a lot of water saved! Also, we have a source of water in our kitchen but no drainage….just a bucket under the sink. This allows us to be mindful of how much water we use to clean our dishes :)

  15. eirrac5 September 22, 2011 at 11:05 am

    One Sloan AQUS unit is a small drop in the bucket compared to the water conservation efforts that are needed in our communities. I look forward to the day that water reclamation systems are built in to our living designs as a matter of course. For today, given the wonderful efficiency of this Grey Water System, I would like the Sloan AQUS to be my drop in the bucket.

  16. Sward01 September 22, 2011 at 10:18 am

    We have 2 rain barrels with plans to add one to every gutter down spout looking to reduce clean water usage by 20% every 3 months. Looking to install a cyber rain system before next summer. Would like to get 3 AQUS systems at our house.

  17. lindarawlings September 22, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Start the day with a cold shower and use about a 10th of the water than a hot one. Keep a bucket in the shower and use the water collected to flush the toilet PLUS there are great health benefits to having a cold shower; improved circulation, skin health, general vitality,…you certainly feel alive!!!

  18. jessthemess September 22, 2011 at 8:13 am

    My mom is the biggest eco-warrior I know, she does everything from growing her food to only buying natural products, no harsh chemicals and such. She saves water by watering her plants and garden with whats in the rain barrel.
    I know she would LOVE a greywater system for our old farmhouse, its been tough to try to update our 110+ yr home to be more green. This would be a great step, mum would be STOKED.

  19. AmbulanceAlexis September 22, 2011 at 6:12 am

    If you are having a bath, wait until the water cools and use the water to water your house plants or redivert the water into your water butt to water your garden.

  20. kwonhl September 22, 2011 at 1:53 am

    My honey and I flush sparingly — no need to use water every time! The Sloan AQUS system would help take us to the next level.

  21. ew September 22, 2011 at 12:41 am

    it would be so great for any institution to take these up, saving millions in water and cost and resources

  22. makingadreamhome September 21, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Don’t leave the water running when you brush your teeth!

  23. allnaturalkatie September 21, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I wash produce and herbs in a big bowl and add the water to the rain barrel or watering can.

  24. MacSaver September 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I installed a low-voltage crossover pump beneath the sink furthest from the water heater. When hot water is needed, we just push a doorbell button beneath the front edge of the sink 30 seconds BEFORE we need to bathe or shower. The small pump sends the lukewarm water from the hot line to the cold line and shuts off when hot water reaches the sink. No water wasted! (The lukewarm water travels back via the cold line to the water heater.) I love this eco-friendly unit. :)

  25. simone919 September 21, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Take short showers, turn off water while brushing teeth and use a rain barrel for watering. Would love to win this to save more water in the bathroom!

  26. hlspring September 21, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    I make sure we all turn off the water while we’re brushing our teeth.

  27. frisfries September 21, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    To conserve water, I say keep the water we already have clean, clean! I purchase products or create my own products that I know if mixed with water will not compromise the quality of it. For example shampoos and conditioners have many harmful chemicals, but by washing with all natural products or baking soda, there are less chemicals being put into the water. Another thing would be not flushing medications or ibuprofen down the drain. The different compounds that end up in the water can pollute the environment and cause problems with the reproduction of fish and women. As the Native Americans say, we should protect the environment so 7 generations it will be the same.

  28. shopgreenbeing September 21, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    What a great idea!! Hope I win it for my home!!! :)

  29. hippymike419 September 21, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    funny how long u.s. takes to catch up with euro thinkin…could use a few of these

  30. km98258011 September 21, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    One way to save water is to recycle any water that is not drank and use it to water plants. Recycling rain water helps save on water as well. :) I am always looking for new ways to try and help save our planet….so I hope I win!

  31. agskiles September 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    If its yellow let it mellow.

  32. ccfesz September 21, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    When soaping up, turn it down…the water, that is. I try to turn of the water in the shower when I am soaping or shampooing. In a small shower, it is also helpful so that, while you’re lathering up, you don’t get rinsed off with every move. I also brought a rain barrel to my college campus for people to use for the new campus garden and for water activities, such as SLIP N’ SLIDE. You can still have wet and wild watery fun, you just should be smart about it. :)

  33. mpescador September 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Took me over 24 hours just to log in so I could be part of this giveaway :-P Hope I at least still have a chance. Could use it for the ministry I’m starting. http://www.dirtnnails.org

  34. Laurie Harrison September 21, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    I signed up for your newsletter and visited/liked your facebook page.
    We live in a small town (population 70) We have a water plant that cleanses the river water to use in our town. In the past year, our water bill went from $35 to $75/month plus $10/10,000 gallons over the limit! There was no explanation to why the dramatic increase. With that said, it prompted me to look into ways to use minimal water any way I could.
    1. Basement floods in Spring and with every rain fall. Rigged up a sump pump and hose to pump H20 automatically on a vegetable garden located outside.
    2. Added 3 rain barrels to corners of house and also keep buckets sitting outside under eaves so they all fill when it rains. I used this H20 to water garden.
    3. We do not use a garbage disposal in our sink. I save vegetable scraps for compost pile. That was a new addition this year too.
    4. Last Christmas I bought everyone a nice water bottle. (different colors) These sit on the counter and are used instead of glasses. (saves water by not doing dishes)
    5. If I don’t have many greasy dishes, I wash them in a bucket that sets in the sink. Then, after dishes, I use that water to mop the floors. That water, then, goes in the compost pile to keep it moist.
    6. I mulched the heck out of my garden. (retains water better)
    7. We already had a low flow shower head and faucet aerators but we bought a new showerhead that waits for the water to heat up before it turns on all the way. It is called the ShowerStart. That way, your water is not going down the drain while your trying to get the right temp. It has worked well and has a good force even though it is still low flow.
    We do all we can to save water. We have never been terribly wasteful but we are certainly more conscience of water waste then what we were years ago or even one year ago.
    I wonder…does the AQUS hook up to a shower as well as a sink? Other than placing a bucket in the shower and reusing that water, and taking short showers (which we do) I would like to be able to do more with shower water. Oh! I do have my husband plug the tub when he showers sometimes and reuse that water to give the dog a bath. I usually need a shower after giving the dog a bath so I don’t know if I’m really saving much. ;-)

  35. bbrandy2002 September 21, 2011 at 11:07 am

    When you have ice left in your cup from a take-out restaurant, don’t throw it in the trash, dump it on a plant.

  36. Gompka September 21, 2011 at 11:02 am

    I turn off the shower while soaping up.

  37. spazzyote14 September 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

    fill a 2 liter with water and put it in the tank of the toilet- saves water on flushing!

    oh, yeah, and let it mellow.

  38. craftygardenmama September 21, 2011 at 6:14 am

    I’d have to go with the oldie, but goodie of turning the water off when you brush your teeth. It’s simple, but effective.

  39. sigveA September 21, 2011 at 3:43 am

    my compost is very often thirsty, so then I give it bio degradable washing water – and similarly, makes better use of the grey water! Thanks for sharing this great technology!
    S i g v e <3

  40. hoot-al September 21, 2011 at 2:26 am

    We share bath water on bath nights, collect rainwater and water from the sink while waiting for it to get hot & use it to water plants. We are also lucky to be connected to irrigation water that we can use to water our lawn and outdoor plants when necessary. And to make our yard even more efficient we are xeroscaping by putting in more native plants and ground cover that don’t require watering.

  41. vp52 September 21, 2011 at 2:26 am

    Don’t do Facebook so I hope i’m still entered in the giveaway. We only take showers, never baths, use low flow ahower heads. Collect rain water for watering the garden. Want to win to save more water in the bathroom.

  42. alexgh alexgh September 21, 2011 at 1:35 am

    The best way to save water is to use no water or as little water as possible. I try to spend only the necessary amount of time in the shower. I don’t leave the water running in the sink when not in use. Another way to save water is to give grey water a second chance by using it to flush your toilet. When watering your lawn its important to water early in the morning so the water does not evaporate like in the afternoon. I’m also planning to make a simple rain water collection system to use for watering plants. I noticed that collecting water or watering at a certain time still will not mitigate most of the water use. So, I have plans of planting more native species and xeriscaping to reduce water usage. In the future, I really want to create a near-close loop system to recycle or distill the water for further reuse.

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  44. ajfawcett September 20, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    I live in a house with 11 other students on my campus. Our house is called the “Tree House” and our goal is to promote environmental sustainability around the campus and community. When it comes to saving water, we do little things like collect water for our garden in a rain barrel, and only flush the toilet when it’s in danger of clogging. Oh, and we only shower when we can no longer bear the stench… (just kidding, we’re not that smelly)

  45. megs1328 September 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    Showering every other day uses half the water!

  46. jonkohl September 20, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    We cut a wide hole in our living room floor, filled it with soil, and planted a fruit tree. Now instead of watching the water flow down the drain in the shower, we use the water to grow the tree, green the house, and increase the humidity during the dry season. This fruit tree from Brazil supposedly fruits after 7 years, so three more to go and we might have fruit growing in our living room (assuming the tree self-pollinates).

  47. jaapfries September 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm

    During my tenure running a 178 room hotel property in Thailand, I initiated a water-saving “trick”: I simply had a (clean !) brick placed in the cistern (water-tank) of all the toilets of all the rooms and common-areas and our water-usage was dramatically reduced, without any detrimental effects whatsoever.

  48. readingknitter01 September 20, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    I keep a bucket in my kitchen sink to collect the water from washing fruits and veegtables, rinsing my hands, draining cooking pots, etc. Once it’s full I use it to water my garden. The bucket always has a little bit of soap in it, and often food particles, but the water works well on my garden and it saves me many gallons of fresh water every week.

  49. amanda alvarado September 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Not sure if this posted since I don’t see it so I’m gonna post again! I have 2! The first is don’t run the water while brushing your teeth/washing your face unless rinsing/wetting a washcloth. The second is one that I remember from childhood: It it’s yellow let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down!

  50. amanda alvarado September 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I have 2! The first is don’t run the water while brushing your teeth/washing your face unless rinsing/wetting a washcloth. The second is one that I remember from childhood: It it’s yellow let it mellow. If it’s brown flush it down!

  51. atxdiablo September 20, 2011 at 7:04 pm

    We mulch all around our large trees and any flower beds. Only use drip irragation. In fact even the bird bath has a drip emitter to keep it full and fresh. The birds love it when it is >100! In fact all of our wildlife do. We use only plants that are acclimated or native to our area(Central Texas) We also are installing 3K gallons of rainwater collection to start. We only use bio soap for the laundry, collect it and allow iris, corn plants, cat tails and cannas to filter before its used for watering.

  52. deweyluck September 20, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I have a water saver on my toilet which saves a lot of water
    luckrose1(at)gmail(dot)com

  53. sdavison September 20, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Dug french drains down the side of our house, dropped in a 55 gallon rubbermaid trash can, covered and ran french drain and rooftop rain chains into the can. takes rain off the top of our clay soils, and can access it to use for yard watering.

  54. thartley September 20, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    –Gin & Tonic Guerrilla Greywater Reduction Strategy–
    Ingredients:
    1 bottle gin
    4 x 315ml glass indian tonic water bottles. Must be glass, screwtop.
    1 x House/Dinner party invitation

    Method:
    1) Accept party invitation, bring gin and tonic. A good host should supply lemon and ice.
    2) Mingle amiably with party guests, follow normal social cues, don’t act weird.
    3) Ensure that you have finished one of the indian tonic bottles by the time that nature calls. Head towards the nearest bathroom, discreetly carrying your empty bottle. Don’t leave the run too late – you will need a little prep time in the bathroom.
    4) Fill the empty bottle with water and secure the lid.
    5) Open the toilet cistern and carefully place the bottle inside the cistern, on the side opposite the big round float-valve thingy. You’ll notice that the bottle will displace some water. Eureka!
    6) Do your other business in toilet, and flush. Check to make sure that the cistern still works properly, then replace the lid, wash your hands and exit the bathroom in a casual manner.

    You have just modified another toilet to flush more than 315mL less per flush! This adds up, and your host would surely be thankful. However, it’s best to be humble and modest, and not tell them – just settle back with another G&T, and repeat the process with all the other bathrooms in the house.

    Repeat above steps at every house/party you’re invited to.

  55. sean-higgins September 20, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    I always like pouring the excess drinking water that i would typically pour down the drain into a pitcher…when it’s full i use it to water the plants in my house. It’s amazing how fast that pitcher fills up!

  56. andreadistmtl September 20, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Love it. Use a bowl to catch the falling water in the sink to wash the veggies!

  57. atravnic September 20, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Water from Fog.

    A sheet of agricultural shade cloth stretched between two posts and a rain gutter hung underneath to catch the water. Depending on size/number of collectors and degree of saturation of fog, this can readily, and at virtually at no cost, supply the drinking water or crop irrigation needs of a village of 100 inhabitants or more.

    I have experience with this technique and would be interested in a joint demonstration project with your organization/partners.

    Regards,
    atravnic

  58. ddaba September 20, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    We have voluntary and involuntary ways to conserve water. Our water lines break frequently, so we store water in large plastic laundry detergent containers and use those for showering when we have no water. There’s nothing like a cold shower to reduce the amount of water you use! Voluntarily, I turn off the faucet when I brush my teeth and while lathering my hair in the shower. And I leave bath water in the tub when I’m done so my 90-lb. hound/boxer mix can use it for drinking water throughout the day.

  59. elledesign September 20, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    I am already a newsletter and facebook subscriber.
    My water saving habit is watering my outdoor shrubs and trees with water from my washing machine. I have a hose clamped onto the washer discharge hose and it leads outdoors through the dryer* vent on the outside wall. the hose is long enough to move to different areas in my front yard. I save numerous gallons each time I wash and I am careful not to add bleach or harmful detergent.
    *I don’t have a dryer – I am in the southwest and hanging the damp clothes on a hanger actually adds needed humidity to the air. If someone had a dryer I would think there would be a way to share the dryer vent with a little ingenuity.

  60. tmr September 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    Timer in the shower works great and reminds us to save while showering and all day in other ways as well!

  61. jalarts September 20, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    I collect tapwater while I’m waiting for it to heat up and use it to water my plants – I have a lot of them! That plus a pile of bricks in the toilet tanks.

  62. AlexLevin September 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Turn off the shower when lathering.

  63. millencolinf2f September 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    We practice the old saying in our house, “if it’s yellow, let it mellow and if it’s brown, flush it down”. Plus we have ‘toilet tank water saver’ to cut down even more.

  64. trueislander September 20, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    We have installed dual-flush systems in both toilets, use low flow faucets, have only native trees and vegetation as landscaping, keep a pitcher of water for drinking in the fridge in order to avoid having to run the faucet if we’ve recently used hot water and only use drip irrigation for our vegetable garden.

  65. Erica K September 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Save water: drink tap and buy vintage. Turning off the water while brushing our teeth is great, but how much water did it take to make that plastic toothbrush in the first place? It’s too easy to ignore the source of the products we buy – who made it? where was it produced? how was it made? Does the country of origin regulate water consumption (or should they)? It can take gallons of water to make just one liter of bottled water, and even more gallons for a new pair of jeans. So, I’ll keep drinkin’ my tap water, wearing my battered Levi’s, and turning off the faucet when I brush my teeth, all in the name of conserving another drop of water. (Of course, I’d love to start flushing with grey water, too! :-)

  66. CyborgSix September 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm

    A “cut-off” valve at the showerhead pipe.

  67. prd prd September 20, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    I do Energy Education for a CAP agency and one of my clients had this GREAT tip! We use our water from washing clothes to water our garden. We’ve changed the drain line from the washer to go directly into 2 fifty-five gallon barrels, which in-turn are plumbed to 2 raised gardens using drip line materials. Depending on the wash that we’re doing, we can usually fill both barrels up with 3 to 4 loads of clothes, plus we use Seven Generation Clear and Free detergent that has an Eco claim of: “No optical brighteners, no dyes or fragrance, no phosphates; safe for septic and gray-water systems; no animal derived ingredients; and all ingredients are disclosed… so far we’ve had good luck with washing our clothes and watering the 2 raised bed without using additional water!

  68. lentil September 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I regularly monitor the water bill to notice any big increases from possible leaks (or someone adopting a bad water wasting habit). It jumped one month and we found out the pipe to the toilet in the basement was leaking. Since we don’t use it often, we changed the shut-off valve so that when we need it we turn it on.

  69. msm1965 September 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    One of the best tips I have is to keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge so everytime you want a glass of cold water you don’t need to run the faucet and wait for the water to get cold…it’s already cold and ready for you (not to mention, the fridge is full and more energy efficient!). It’s amazing how much water you waste waiting for water to get cold, or brushing your teeth, washing your face, etc….ALWAYS turn off the faucet when possible….conserve, conserve, conserve!

  70. enchiridion September 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I take a bath daily, more than once during summer – a climate thing (tropics), so not taking one isn’t a realistic option. I DON’T use moisturizing soaps, the ones that give a somewhat slippery feeling as if I haven’t completely rinsed the soap off . When you’re sure that it’s been rinsed off, you would have probably used enough water for at least half a bath’s worth.

  71. kbeyer September 20, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Read the book “Dune”
    Cheers!
    Ken

  72. katdancin September 20, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Imagine if these were part of a building code requirement for new construction!

  73. lori4562000 September 20, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    I do alot of things around my house to conserve water. The one that I think is the coolest is in the summer we use the water from the air conditioner (condensation) to put in the kiddie pool. I use just a splash of chlorine to kill any germs, this way we dont use any extra water in the summer and the kids still get thier little pool to play in. Also like this summer if the a/c is on alot we collect the water for our plants also.

  74. iamajor September 20, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    A cheap and easy way to conserve water in your bathroom is to fill a 2-liter bottle with water and place it in your toilet tank. This can be especially helpful for renters or new home owners who cannot afford a newer, more efficient fixture.

  75. badoette September 20, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    We have native plant lawn/garden, which didn’t need watering at all this summer, and still looked great! When we do dishes, we keep the water off until we’re ready to rinse, and we use the “grey water” from the previous dish as first rinse for the next dish.

    Though I must say the most fun we’ve had in water conservation is probably when we ran out to wipe down our cars the last time it poured. Sparkly clean!

    Now our biggest offender is probably our toilets, which is where the Sloan AQUS comes in!

  76. Catie Mack September 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I use a bucket in the shower to catch the water as it heats up – great for flushing the toilet. In fact, it was necessary when our water line broke last week. We were even using our collected rain water to flush the toilet. At least we were able to flush the toilet when we didn’t have running water in the house!

  77. elisse September 20, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    The best watersaving tip I know of is the system created and being tested by Israel’s Ben Gurion University of the Negev to purify and reuse “grey water” for agrigultural purposes. BGU has the world’s cutting-edge research facility for “green”, solar and water-saving technology, and I SO wish we could get some of their amazing technological innovations here in West Virginia where we need it badly!!!
    I’m a Facebook fan and I get your email…

  78. mhobart September 20, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I am already a newsletter and facebook subscriber so here is my comment and water-saving tip. I recently purchased a high efficiency dehumidifier to replace the old one in our basement. The water that the dehumidifier cleans from the damp basement does not go into the drain. Rather, I use it to water my houseplants and the garden plants on our south deck. The deck garden is in self-watering containers, but still periodically need water not supplied by rain. This is a great way to save the water from the basement from going into the drain and not having to get additional water from the well to water the deck garden.

  79. WarMace WarMace September 20, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Whenever we do a 50% change on the fishtank, that nutrient rich water goes right into the garden.

  80. letters.and.some.such letters.and.some.such September 20, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Wow, that sounds incredible! If I don’t win it I’ll totally buy it!

  81. Purestone September 20, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    My top tip for conserving water is be conscious when using water. If you think about it when you’re brushing your teeth, doing dishes, not washing your car, collecting rainwater, and of course when you flush. If everyone would just be conscious about water use it could help everyone.

  82. kameron September 20, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Water your indoor plants with leftover pasta water!

  83. greeninspector September 20, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    Something so simple and not expensive can help conserve so much water. With only about 1% of the world’s water that is drinkable and the high costs of water, we need to implement these types of innovations, like using grey water for toilets and other measures such as low volume and dual flush toilets, low flow shower and spouts, in addition to energy efficiency improvements.

    We have all of the knowledge and the resources to improve our conservation and energy efficiency, but now we have to just DO IT! This is one of the measures I intend to retrofit my home with and if I win this, it will allow me some extra money to put toward my rain barrels and other enery and water conservation improvements. I’m really excited and I am telling everyone I know about the grey water system as well as many other things to improve water and energy conservation.

    Thank you for all your help in the endeavor for a sustainable future for our planet and its inhabatants.

  84. oldecanalpt September 20, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    If it’s pee, let it be. If it’s poo, flush it through.

  85. jssteill September 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Turning off the water while brushing your teeth is the easiest and most effective. It’s a great way to explain to your kids about conservation too.

  86. Darcy Cronin September 20, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I’ve seen a demo and the beauty of AQUS is it’s simplicity. The designer thought of what he wanted before he created an overly technical gadget, plus the maintenance is made to be really easy. I’d love to have one in my home!

  87. rwilki2 September 20, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    My dog HATES the bathtub but LOVES chasing hose spray – so when I water the lawn by hand she gets her exercise and her bath at the same time!

  88. joshsrai September 20, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    turn on the faucet only when you need it when you’re brushing your teeth.

  89. eva.vanwingerden September 20, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Statistics show that the most water used in households is on gardening and lawn/plant maintenance. So the best water saving tip I can suggest is to only use native plants in your yard. This will ensure minimal-zero watering and save you time and money!

  90. devonts September 20, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    This is a great system–it should be the norm!
    Would love this system to work with dual flush.

  91. kielts September 20, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I’d love this product to continue my household’s water conservation. We have removed all of our lawn and replace with wild flowers and drought tolerant trees. The only surface watering we do is by drip system in our vegetable garden.

  92. teetlebomb September 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    In our house, we have a 5 gallon pail in the laundry area where we dump leftover drinking water (from cups, ice cubes, etc). We then use this water for the laundry or garden plants.

  93. hansel September 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    el agua es un elemnto vital para la vida…tomemos acciones inmediatas y aseguremos el sumnistro para de ella para todos los seres humanos….se agota

  94. handenkel September 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    This could save my kids from the wrath of their water saving parents.

  95. samsammys September 20, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    What if I don’t want to “like” you on Facebook? I do nothing to conserve water at this moment in life. This would be a very good starting point for my household though! Hope I win!!!

  96. earthsaver September 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Even if I had an AQUS installed, i would still make an effort to reduce toilet flow. One of the crazy ways I use more of my brain capacity is remembering the flushing behaviors of various toilets I have used. I am not crazy about letting yellow mellow and instead practice the art of partial flushing. I depress flush levers and buttons every so carefully so as to cause the toilet to flush sufficiently without using its full set volume of water. Each toilet is a little different and some are next to impossible to partial flush. Even duallies don’t actually need three liters of water for a liquid flush.

    (Please judge this comment instead of my previous one.)

  97. itread September 20, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    We recycle rainwater for watering plants, shower water for the toilet, flush less, and mulch so we use less water on plants.

  98. jaimerto September 20, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    pee in the shower!

  99. GreenGrandma September 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I leave the water in the bathtub after baths and use a bucketful to flush the toilet.

  100. caeman September 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    A chance to save money on water usage AND not pay for the thing saving me the money? Sign me up! :)

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