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Date Posted: 6/4/2009 9:11 AM ET
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You know how when you get in the shower the water is cold for about a minute and you have to let the water run until it gets warm? well use one of your empty laundry detergent bottles or maybe an empty cat litter container (anything that is big enough to hold a gallon of water and is big enough to fit around your shower faucet. Then turn the water on and let it run into the container until it is warm. When doing laundry pour the water into your washer (before it fills up) this way you aren't wasting water and you also save money on your water bills!!!!!! = ]
Date Posted: 6/4/2009 5:35 PM ET
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or, you can use it to water your plants or yard. wouldn't work for my laundry as i have enough hard time carrying my clothes down 3 flights of stairs, then back up ... you can also use it for hand washing delicates in the sink since that you use cold water for. at least i do.
Date Posted: 6/5/2009 10:27 AM ET
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I hadn't thought about watering plants with it! great idea. I hate having to drag the hose out and then wind it back up!
Date Posted: 6/16/2009 2:32 PM ET
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I read online somewhere that if you're an anxious person, or subject to occasional pani attacks (supposedly very MILD depression as well), showering with ONLY cold water really puts a spring in your step. During last year, I was getting very anxious and almost panicky with my school load being so heavy (nursing), but when I did only cold showers, I started feeling much better. I would assume that maybe you get an adrenaline rush from the chill liquid?

On the plus side, I'd say this is a green solution because you aren't using hot water (so the heater doesn't have to work to reheat more water), and really, if you're the type to take long showers, making them cold will really help you shorten the time you take, so there'll be less water wastage that way too :D

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 2:09 PM ET
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Using it for watering flowers is a great idea! I'll have to start doing this.

Date Posted: 6/22/2009 2:54 PM ET
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We collect this water and use it to flush our toilets.  Over 40% of the water used in our homes goes to flushing.  We live in the county and have a slow producing well.  This one change has made a tremendous diference in our water usage.  (We don't make guests do this!)

Date Posted: 7/17/2009 9:11 PM ET
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I save water in a bucket when I wash my hair.  Then I use it to flush the toilet.  Also, when we were in a drought and told not to water our plants, I saved bath water and lugged it outside in order to save our landscaping.  I understand bath water is actually good for plants.

Date Posted: 8/3/2009 8:40 PM ET
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Wow...love what y'all are doing!  I'm right there with you...I try to collect as much of my shower water as I can and reuse it, mostly hand washing.

I actually popped in because I was thinking it was a thread about cold showers and hot guys...I mean, really who needs hot water if you've got a hot guy in the shower right?!  Well, ooops!

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 3:16 AM ET
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I wish I could find an easier way to save the water.  Buckets just don't work for me and I know they won't fly with the rest of the family.

I keep thinking about a grey water system, but I don't know how hard it would be to put in, and it'd have to be able to be flipped on & off so I didn't put gunk outside I didn't want to.

Date Posted: 8/14/2009 1:14 PM ET
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Bucketing the water for flushing the toilet is what we do as well! ^_^