Anyway, I actually think it's pretty useful stuff to talk about if you are interested in greening up your family, that is if you can get past the whole my-brother-is-being-gross stuff! I was reading some notes today on the Transition Town movement website and noticed some facts about water use in the household.
Did you know this is the average breakdown of where your household water use is?
- 33% gets flushed down the loo
- 25% is used washing ourselves
- 18% is spent on drinking and in preparing food
- 12.5% is used in our laundry
- 8.5% is used when we do the dishes and,
- 3% is used to wash the car and water our extensive vegetable gardens!
So what can you do? There are a lot of different options to help and which one you are able to implement will depend a lot upon your living situation. If you are renting, then perhaps water saving tips would be most useful to you. If you own your home and are interesting in eventually doing some renovations there are a variety of options available to you from changing your entire toilet system to re-piping your house to have greywater systems (for sink/showers and laundry for example). And for the really adventurous - you can switch to composting toilet systems. I've used a few and when properly maintained they don't smell at all!
Here are some resources for you:
Water Saving Tips from Australia - one of the most water conscious countries in the world
Greywater Design Information from Oasis Design in the USA - Publish a very informative book
Humanure Handbook - A Guide to Composting Human Manure
The Green Families Guru
p.s. Remember you can do this, it begins with a single step and lasts a lifetime
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