Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Conserving Water in The Home


Like many consumers, I am working towards a life style with a smaller carbon footprint. Some steps have been easy for me, such as taking reusable bags on shopping trips, or replacing paper products with cloth. But one of my weaknesses is the desire to indulge in a long, hot, shower...every day.


I have a pet peeve with people who embrace the "green movement" only on a surface level and do very little to actually conserve resources. I was so excited when LetsGoGreen.biz offered to sponsor a Water Conservation Kit giveaway on my blog.

Last summer, my state experienced a long drought. This resulted in the water company putting a penalty fee on homes that used more than a certain amount of water in a given month. We did all we could to conserve water and avoid the financial penalty; I bathed the kids in the kitchen sink instead of the big bath tub, we never watered the yard (we used rain barrels to keep some tomato plants alive), never filled up the kiddie pool, and, yes, we stopped flushing the toilet every time.
The toilet thing was a bit embarrassing. I was always worried about unexpected guests discovering that we were letting the yellow mellow. I would much rather save water using these inexpensive products from LetsGoGreen.biz:


This low flow faucet aerator reduces your bathroom sink output to only 1.5 gallons per minute. It installs easily without any tools. I did it myself with one hand! It took about 20 seconds. The aerator results in a nice, even spray from the sink. I have one of these...I need another for the second bathroom!





The Low Flow Earth Massage shower head also installs easily without tools and uses only 1.5 gallons per minute....that is 40% less than the average shower head. With this baby, I can still take a long shower while using 40% less water than before! And it has a massage setting. Woohoo!







The adjustable flapper prevents leaks in the toilet tank and saves thousands of gallons of water per year. And you can still flush.






This little jewel is a low-flow kitchen faucet aerator. It uses only 1.5 gallons of water per minute and has an on/off valve so that you can get the water to the temperature you want, turn it off when your soaping the dishes, and turn it back on when you are ready to rinse. I love using this in my kitchen; it even swivels!


The Household Water Conservation Kit from LetsGoGreen.biz includes all of the above, as well as leak detector tablets and a flow meter bag!

This is SO easy to use and can make a BIG difference in the amount of water you use in your home. The kit is only $21.99 at LetsGoGreen.biz and with the coupon code "FRIEND", you can save 25% ! It is fun to see how much you can save on your water bill while feeling good about conserving the world's clean water supply!

I'm hoping to add the Shower Coach and a couple of Toilet Tank Banks to my array of water-saving tools in the future!

LetsGoGreen.biz
wants to give away a Household Water Conservation Kit to one MyGreening reader!

To enter, visit LetsGoGreen.biz and tell me another product from their store that you love or would like to know more about.

One winner will be chosen by random number generator at random.org.

This contest will close on Monday, August 18th, 12 midnight.

*Congrats, kagey10 ! *

167 comments:

One Mom said...

I'm partial to the eco-friendly plates, cups and utensils. I don't use any paper plates but in the summer it would be nice not to have to tote everything to a picnic and still be eco-friendly! Thanks for the giveaway!

Katie said...

I like the Ecosafe Degradable trash bags. We recycle all that we can and compost, but still have trash that needs to actually be put in the regular trash. These are a great replacement for the bags that sit in our landfills for eons!

Helen said...

I like the Toilet Tank Bank! That would be easy and useful.

Amy said...

Eco-friendly trash bags? Who knew! My husband will surely be looking into these...

Amy

amy_lou_7@yahoo.com

Kathleen said...

How funny that I just posted a little tip on water conservation today...nothing like your post, though. I'd love to do more though too, like get a rain barrel. My husband and I are looking into it.

Alyce said...

I like the toilet tank bank and the low flow garden hose nozzles. We have a lot of other energy effecient products in our house, but we need to work on water conservation.

Kathleen said...

I have been considering getting that kit! We definitely need to do something about the water flow from our faucets; sometimes it's like they're shooting out needles!

My other favorite thing over their site is the eco doggie bags! We already use some, but as they say...poop happens...and we're running low.

Anonymous said...

I have visited many Eco-friendly sites but I have never seen this one. WOW, what great ideas at great prices. I would love to have the water kit to help save some water in my house!! I would be nice to have a system built in because sometimes the reminders to turn off the water don't work. The Green Home Starter kit looks great as well!!

EB said...

Great site! Would love to have the 5 minute shower timer!

Thanks!
emmarleed[at]hotmail[dot]com

sara l said...

The thing calling to me most right now is the garden hose nozzles. Those connected to a rain barrel would be great!

Jessica said...

the shower timer sounds like a good idea, and also the degradable trash bags. Hubby would love this stuff! Thanks!

contessa20 said...

I like the cases of recycled toilet paper. It's impossible to find anything more than a 4-pack around here so that would be nice.

Reiza said...

I'd like to try the Low Flow Chrome Handheld 1.5 GPM Massage Showerhead. I've never seen a low flow showerhead that's also handheld and a massaging one. I've never been thrilled with the low flow shower heads because the pressure isn't great and you don't have many options. This one, though, is different.

Ginny said...

I'd like the Water Miser 6-Position Garden Hose Nozzle w/ Commercial Grade Metal Handle

- Marybeth I. said...

Ecosafe trash bags.

Chi said...

I think that 33-Gallon Ecosafe Degradable Large Trash Bags look interesting :)

enter_now[at]mediamafia.org

Sharee said...

I like the shower timer. I'm never sure how long I'm in there, and it would be great to have a better way to judge.

cmartin0055 said...

Low Flow 2.25 GPM Rainfall Showerhead I would like to learn aabout this fun shower head!

It will help conserve water as well.

cmartin0055(at)aol(dot)com

jceko77 said...

Lo Flow garden hose handle
jceko77@yahoo.com

Melissa said...

Oh wow, such great items to help conserve! As for products I'd like to know more about... the laundry detergents. I get hives with most detergents so I'd be interested to see if anyone has problems with this before I spend that much money on it! jeepcutie82 at msn dot com

kagey10 said...

Ecosafe Degradable trash bags are a huge must in our house! and we some BPA free bottles. we use glass but sometimes we need to leave and take something to travel with!

The kit looks FANTASTIC! thanks for the chance to win!

Alli said...

Love the toilet tank bank - I have one but need some more of these! How simple to use can you get :)

allicat22 AT gmail DOT com

Faith said...

I would love to have some toilet tank banks and take the bricks out of the toilets. :-) whatever it takes, right? this is a great giveaway. thanks so much.

Cataroo said...

I like the Sponge Wipes. I have recently stopped using paper towels as cleaning wipes in the kitchen and these wipes would be a better substitute than the cloth towels I'm currently using.

Thanks for a a great and GREEN giveaway!!

Kristie said...

I'd like the Water Miser 6-Position Garden Hose Nozzle-our dog ate our last one!

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Steph said...

My favorite tiem from LetsGoGreen is the BPA-free Water Bottles.

evildoersmuffs@hotmail.com said...

The Toilet Tank Bank! I'd love to own that.

AmentsChick said...

I love the idea of the adjustable flapper to save water in the toilet. I know, it's not always pleasant to talk about "bathroom business"...but it's important to save water and energy whenever we can!

amentschick@gmail.com

itwasn'tme said...

how about ecofriendly shampoos and body washes- and ecofriendly for the dishes and clothing too- or ecofriendly dog items

PS said...

I love their recycled toilet paper and tissue...though someone needs to come up with a new name for it!

CrazyDaizy said...

this would be perfect to win since my husband and I just bought our first house and it is a little old we would like to update certain things. I really like the Dye & Fragrance-free Detergent any thing non toxic is good with me.

Maja said...

angelina115@hotmail.com

toliet tank bank. very cool.

Deci said...

Just rented a house with a YARD! Would love the hose nozzles! Thanks.

Damla said...

Very interesting products, especially in this global warming. Water conservation products are very useful.

damlakayi (at) yahoo.com

jffryclough said...

i bought two rain barrels that were ok but they over-flow quickly in a half decent rain, and water got in our basement

Heather said...

I'd like to try the biodegradable trash bags!

Sara G said...

I hate that we throw away so many paper plates whenever we have a get together with friends or family. I'd love to try those sugar cane 100% biodegradeable ones.

louiseb130 said...

The Toilet Tank Bank looks great!

krystal said...

My favorite item is the Low Flow Earth Massage shower head, because i like taking long showers but i dont need to use so much water.
krystal82107@hotmail.com

Miranda said...

Toilet Tank Bank

Dena said...

I like the Garden Hose Nozzle. Living in Florida, I'm always watering my plants and I'm on a well so it's really important that I save as much water as I can.

Rebecca said...

I love the biodegradable bowls. I hate handwashing dishes, but feel guilty using foam bowls! Thanks for the give away!

agordon10 said...

Ecosafe trash bags would be nice.

chromiumman said...

like their shower timer

Weeblet said...

the ecosafe degradable garbage bags are actually on my shopping list. thanks!

Genevieve P said...

I really, really like the CamelBak water bottles.

Lori said...

wow I didn't even realize that eco sponges were available, the Walnut Scrubber Sponge is of great interest to me.

sk8fancat said...

We could definitely use a shower timer. My teens think they take quick showers, but they are in there forever.

elaine said...

I'd like to know more about the biodegradeable plates,cups and utensils. Super Giveaway!
Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

Tes283 said...

5-Minute Shower Coach
I need a gentle but steady reminder that 5 minutes is 5 minutes.

oneinamil23 said...

I think that the shower timer would be great for us as well - I'm the guilty one in the family, I'm always in there longer than I think!!

autumn398 (at) yahoo.com

Richard said...

The low-flow garden hose nozzles.

Mya said...

Degradable trash bags! Definitely needed in this household.

iluv2pray@gmail.com

idahomom said...

We are really working at going green. I would like to try the low flow hose nozzle. Thanks for the chance.

mar said...

The lo flow garden hose nozzles would be something I would like to know more about

toughturtles said...

The adjustable flapper

denyse said...

I would love to have the water kit to help save water in my house!! The toilet tank bank is great too:)

Anonymous said...

I like the toilet tank bank

Alexis said...

i like the eco friendly garbage bags!
thanks for the giveaway!

tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this. I would also like to try the green laundry cleaners.

Bebemiqui said...

I like the low flow hose nozzles.

Sunnyvale said...

the shower massage looks nice

DOODLEGIRL said...

BPA-free .75L (25 oz.) Better Bottle in blue

JennyG said...

The toliet tank bank looks neat!

jfg06001[at]yahoo.com

Nuggets said...

LED nightlight.

Princess Golden Hair said...

I really like the Toilet Tank Bank! We waste so much water every day

Deborah said...

We could use the Toilet Tank Bank. We drink a lot of coffee here.

Colengal said...

Im intrested in the Low Flow 2.25 GPM Rainfall Showerhead. Ive wanted one for a long time,but they seem to apper to use so much water.

msrodeobrat said...

im interested in the low flow garden hose nozzles that would be a great benefit

pooka1953 said...

I'm tote crazy (I HATE plastic bags) so I really like the Lets Go Green totes

Mary512 said...

The toilet tank bank looks interesting. how does it work? I wonder... Great giveaway, thanks!

Chrissy said...

I would love to have any of the bio friendly plastic products...great idea!

NateAndJakesMom said...

I would like to try the Water Miser 6-Position Garden Hose Nozzle w/ Commercial Grade Metal Handle since the job of watering is left to my older son... I always worry that he is wasting water. Great site!!

nateandjakesmom at gmail dot com

Katy said...

I would love any of the green starter kits! They are so nice! They would be such a great way to start getting eco friendly!! :)

I love this water conservation pkg you are giving away!!! What a GREAT thing! I would LOVE to win! :)

llinda29 said...

like to try the biodegradable trash bags

kygirl said...

Biodegradable Plates

jennem said...

I like the gift samplers, great shower gifts.
jennifer, jennem22 at yahoo dot com

Stacy said...

I think the Walnut Scrubber Sponge looks so cool!
hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

windycindy said...

Greetings! I love the CFL Light Bulbs! Our family would love to win this prize package. At the beginning of this year, we made a pact to take small steps in becoming more eco-conscience. Please enter us in your delightful drawing. Thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

coriwestphal said...

I like the low flow garden nozzles. I am an avid gardener and this would save a ton of water. Thanks for the great contest

kananee said...

I'd like to try the Lo-flow 2.25 GPM Aerator Rainfall Showerhead! Its suppose to save energy while maintaining constant flow!

lokeelanee (at)netzero(dot)com

Kari said...

I would love anything on the site, so I bookmarked it because I could really make a dent in holiday shopping and also help the environment at the same time!! I'd definitely pick up a few Toilet Tank Banks!!

Deana said...

I was delighted to see you have the 5 minute shower coach. I picked one up for free at an expo and I have been searching places to find one to give my sister for her family. It is a wonderful tool.

Tonyag1 said...

kool prize.

Smooshy said...

ooh, ecofriendly dog items!

M.A. said...

Probably need it for my outside backdoor light fixture and so would like to know a bit more about the Mini-twist 60-watt CFL Bug Light.

Athenaweeena said...

The toilet tank bank is cheap and easy. What better way to start going green than that.

Wehaf said...

I love the A shaped CFL lights. :)

urchiken at gmail dot com

miriama said...

Toilet Tank Bank

Nicholas K said...

5-Minute Shower Coach my DD needs this

deedleweedle said...

The low flow garden hose nozzles, because my sprinklers don't cover all areas and I waste too much going over it with the hose.

DePro said...

I like the Low Flow Massage Showerhead.

Emily N. said...

I like the Ecosafe Large Trash Bags.

Becca said...

I'm curious about the recycled paper products like the paper towels and toilet paper. I wonder if they're as effective as their traditional counterparts.
beccachristensen at hotmail dot com

Jenn S. said...

I could really use a Mini-twist 60-watt CFL Bug Light.

vmkids said...

5 minute shower timer

Anonymous said...

eco-friendly plate, cups, & utensils

micaela6955 said...

I love having a garden, but noticed that my water bill went up a bit from the constant watering I had to do in June and early July so I think I would really use the Water Miser 6-Position Garden Hose Nozzle w/ Commercial Grade Metal Handle to control my water costs and still be able to water my garden!

micaela6955 at msn dot com

cpullum said...

I like the Kitchen Scrubber Sponge!!Seem to be alot better for cleaning!
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

judybrittle said...

The green house bath starter kit would be wonderful. Contains a great assortment of eco-friendly products.

madangle said...

the Water-Miser 6-Position Garden Hose w/ Thermoplastic Nozzle would be handy for watering the plants on my deck

Bonnie in FL said...

I could really use this--Water Miser 6-Position Garden Hose Nozzle w/ Commercial Grade Metal Handle

Stacy said...

home water conservation sampler looks like something I would really like to have

K. Cleaver said...

I really need some water bottles so I would pick the BPA-free Water Bottles.

Leigh said...

I was thinking that we need a shower coach, but I'm the only one that takes long showers. But with an infant, I don't get them everyday, so I'm hoping it balances out! lol

Have you thought about reusing your gray water in the summer to water your tomatoes? Or to use on your lawn? With a mindful dish soap, you can water anything with your gray water :)

Anyway, I would love to try the Eco-Friendly Cleaning Sampler. I am always a little nervous spending money on new cleaners, maybe this would be a good way to try them :)

Mandie P said...

I would love the Low Flow Earth™ Massage 1.5 GPM Showerhead Chrome. I feel guilty everytime I shower bc mine is so wasteful

Thanks!
amandaprestridge {at} gmail. com

Kimberly L said...

I like the Mini-twist 40-watt CFL Light Bulb. I am in awe that is only uses 9 watts. That's great.

brn2lisn{at}gmail{dot}com

Nana*2*4 said...

Here at our condo, the association has replaced all of the light bulbs to the energy saving bulbs. The first month the electric bill dropped 150.00. Being that the common areas must be lit during the night time hours, because of security reasons. If every business did this the savings would be astronomical!!

Hayley said...

I think that the Walnut Scrubber Sponge (with real walnut shells in it) looks really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

oreo89[at] gmail [dot] com

Timothy Sternberg said...

I'm partial to the eco-friendly plates, cups and utensils.

Anonymous said...

I think I'd like the concentrated laundry detergent and fabric softener.
-Terra
partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

Kelsey Weigel said...

Great giveaway!

Eco-friendly trash bags! My dad would fall in love all over again!!

Thanks!

Kelsey
rawrissexy@gmail.com

Will said...

I like the 13-Gallon Ecosafe Degradable Tall Kitchen Bags

Aisling said...

I like the Low Flow 2.25 GPM Rainfall Showerhead. The prices on these products are excellent too!

purplepassion126 said...

I would like to learn more about the Toilet Tank Bank and the Adjustable Flapper. I know I would love the Water Miser 6-Position Garden Hose Nozzle w/ Commercial Grade Metal Handle because I'm always watering the garden and lawn.

carol drury said...

cdrury@gmail.com
Lo Flow garden hose handle for when I absolutely have to water my pots

yellowlabs said...

The biodegradable trash bags is my what I would like to try!

Jackie B. said...

I like to spend time outside so I would choose the Water Miser 6-Position Garden Hose Nozzle.Thanks for a great green giveaway!

imaclutz89 said...

I like the low flow earth massage shower head.

Jean said...

I would love this! I love their Lo Flow Hose Nozzles too!! Thanks!

Ardy22 said...

The Ecosafe trash bags are great and should be mandatory for every household!

Debbie Criss said...

Tank bank is a neat idea. Please enter me, thankyou

Brooke said...

I'd really like to try the Motion Sensor LED Night Light. I'm a middle of the night bathroom user so this could really help us.

Erma said...

Eco-friendly trash bags would be cool to try.
erma.hurtt@sbcglobal.net

ladyorchid said...

I would to know more about the
Compostable Bowls & Plates.

Tammie said...

The Household Water Conservation Kit sounds like something every home could use - ours included.

We are also keen on the large canvas grocery totes - too often we witness grocery cashiers' use of plastic bags with indifference.

mcj(four)tlj(at)comcast(dot)net

redron said...

toilet tank bank

Anonymous said...

Low Flow Garden Hose Nozzle

theyyyguy@yahoo.com

dhunt said...

like the Toilet Tank Bank!

dhunt said...

like the Toilet Tank Bank!

blueviolet said...

I like the 5-minute shower timer because it's easy to daydream and not realize how much time you're actually spending in there. With the timer, it would increase awareness and speed things up plus it would be fun to beat the timer every day.
doot65{at}comcast[dot]net
Elizabeth

dvice said...

The Recycled Paper Sampler

ms-texas said...

Picnic Sampler and the ecosafe degradable trash bags

art-sweet said...

The BPA free camelbak bottles look great. I have been wanting to replace my showerhead, so it would be great to win this!

AICORP said...

I have to say I like the biodegradable doggie bags. As they say stuff happens and well it's nice to dispose of it in a biodegradable bag rather than a regular plastic bag.

Auriette said...

Saving water's not just good for the environment, it's good for the wallet when every penny counts. I love LetsGoGreen's water conservation kit, and their 1-Bath House Green Starter Kit also makes it easy to go green. It's not a bad price for all that's included, and from there, you just have to re-order the individual items you need. What a great idea!

Jinxy and Me said...

The shower timer looks great.

Becca said...

I'm really curious if the recycled paper products, like paper towels and toilet paper, are as good as the traditional versions.
beccachristensen at hotmail dot com

Betty C said...

I'd like to try one of the Lo-Flow Garden Hose Nozzles. Watering my flowers used a lot of water.

willitara(at)gmail(dot)com

intime said...

Toilet Tank Bank

bboyle said...

I would like to try the Degradable Tall Kitchen Bags. It always bothers me to throw the trash into the dump with regular plastic bags.

arvard said...

I like the biodegradable bowls and large trash bags.

Lori said...

It's a tie for me between the Low Flow Chrome Handheld 1.5 GPM Massage Showerhead and the Low Flow 2.25 GPM Rainfall Showerhead. One would be great for my kids' bathroom and one would be great for mine!

lkziegler(at)gmail(dot)com

Samantha P said...

i really love the BPA-free .75 Liter (25 oz.) Better Bottle in pine, those are so cool!

purango said...

I would like to know more about Mini-twist CFL Light bulbs. garrettsambo@aol.com

Jennifer Schroeder said...

What a great site! I really like the Toilet Tank Bank! It's very cool! Thank you so much for the great contest!

jlilleysprint@earthlink.net

cwtucker said...

I'd like to try the Ecosafe trash bags, what a great idea!

clarissakelly said...

Fabulous products, I am excited about this site! (okay it's Monday, doesn't take much to make me happy).
But I am curious if the BioBag™ Compostable Pet Waste Bags are also good for cat poo (says they are for dogs). I would like alternative ideas for cleaning my cat's litter box, so this looks good! :-)

Joy said...

5-Minute Shower Coach

Jodi said...

Great give-a-way. I really like enerything you listed, and I also would like to try out the Water-Miser 6-Position Garden Hose w/ Thermoplastic Nozzle

purehrt555(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

bree said...

The shower timer would be great for my teen.

rangrace said...

The adjustable flapper

Gina said...

I like the idea of a Low Flow Chrome Handheld 1.5 GPM Massage Showerhead. We currently have a handheld and it would be great it if was low flow.

Thanks!

Lisa said...

wow, I am really glad to know about the Compostable Spoons, Knives and Forks. I hardly ever use them, but I do get lazy once in awhile, especially at kids birthday parties haha.

calgirl said...

I like the BPA-free Water Bottles in blue and ocean.

klp1965 said...

i love the Canvas Boat Bag :)

Linda Russell said...

I would love to try the biodegradable sugar-cane paper plates!
lrussel1@rochester.rr.com

Robyn in MO said...

We are also taking baby steps on our way to being green. I think these are things we really could do. I like the Green Starter Kits on their site (based on how many bathrooms you have) because they give you a lot of things all at once. Would make a nice housewarming gift or wedding gift I think also.

Rockin' Mama said...

I'd like to know more about their cleaners...particularly their all-purpose cleaner
jasonncaryn at yahoo dot com

Susanne said...

100% Recycled Copy Paper would be great to try!

Monica said...

100% Recycled Paper Towels

monica_crss@yahoo.com

bndraldy said...

I'd like to know more about the biodegradeable plates,cups and utensils. The things I would most like to try are in the 2-Bath House Green Starter Kit. Thank you for the opportunity to win!

girlof80s said...

I would like to know more about the Concentrated Laundry Detergent, the Dish Detergent, and the Plastic Bags. This is a great giveaway and I really hope I win especially since I am trying to do more to help out the environment. Thanks.
girlof80s@aol.com

Swtlilchick said...

I would like to try the Toilet Tank Bank,I have always felt we
waste alot of water in the toliet.
I did not know alot of the products existed,I have been trying
to save where I can,and this is great to know about.Please enter me
and thanks for the giveaway

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

masonsgranny59 said...

5-Minute Shower Coach

donna444444 said...

I like the Ecosafe Degradable trash bags.

Sylvia P said...

i'd love to try out the 5 minute shower coach!