My sister has an interesting way of flushing the toilet. She lives on the sixth floor of an apartment in NYC and it takes a while for the water to get hot when she takes a shower. So while the water is warming up she shoves a bucket under the faucet.
When she needs to flush the toilet, instead of pressing the lever, she dumps the water from the bucket all at once into the toilet boil. The additional water kick starts the toilet’s siphon, which sucks down the dirty water waste.
She saves water by re-using the cold shower water and by only flushing the toilet when necessary. If it’s yellow…
I stayed with her recently and I was surprised how easy it was to adapt to her flushing system. I rather liked the idea of conserving water, though I did worry that we would forget to flush before guests came over. As soon as I got home I returned to my old ways.
Now, in honor of Earth Day tomorrow, I am trying to adopt my sister’s green habit. I installed a clear bucket under the shower faucet and feel greener already. Hubby says he is on board – as long as he still has the option of flushing the toilet the old fashioned way.