I know we typically talk about food on this blog, but I’m going to take a moment and suggest a concept for something on the other end of the spectrum. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, let’s take a moment to talk about bathroom habits. About a year ago, when my little family and I moved into live with my sister, I realized that flushing the toilet in the middle of the night could wake up my child since the bathroom was right next to his room. So what started as convenience has now led to a habit (even now that we’ve moved to a house of our own) of not flushing the toilet at night. To most Americans, this is gross or unsanitary, but when you think about it, flushing after each trip is excessive and when we’re talking about saving water (and we are in drought ridden Texas here, right?) excessive water use is something we want to target.
I came across this article and started talking to my husband about it (isn’t is wonderful when you can start talking about potties with your spouse and not feel weird about it…. or is that just me?) Anyway, as a kid he lived in California and he said he remembers not flushing being an active thing that was talked about in terms of water conservation. And as he remembers, California (like Texas) is often looking for water conservation tips.
I don’t know if not flushing will make much of a difference to our water bill, I’m sure it won’t. But I guess in some small ways it might make me feel like I’m helping the world… or at least not depleting it as fast as I was before.