Los Angeles is essentially a desert. Coming from the ever rainy Pacific North West, the importance of water conservation did not really hit me until we moved to California. This weeks tip enables Rich and I to save at least 2-4 gallons of water a week-it's awesome!
First thing you'll need is a decent sized bucket. We found a medium-sized plastic wastebasket at bed bath and beyond and it certainly works for us, though you could go bigger or smaller, based on your needs.
Basically, you are going to use that big bucket to catch the water from your shower as it warms up in the mornings (or evenings). No one likes the sensation of being pelted with ice cold shower water, so what do we usually do? Let all that perfectly good, though cold, water wash down the drain.
With your handy dandy bucket aligned to the spray of your shower, turn on the water and let the bucket collect it, until its reached your desired temperature. Quickly set the bucket outside the shower and do your thing! Scrub-a-dub! I don't recommend leaving the bucket in the shower, as it may also collect suds and soap from your washing!
In our household, we use this run-off water on our house plants and in our garden, thus saving more water, since we're not running our faucets to quench the thirst of our plants.
Granted, as the bucket gets fuller, it also gets heavier, so be mindful as you move it around. Lift with the legs, not the back! Perhaps it makes more sense for you to use your run-off water more consistently, rather than waiting for it to fill the bucket to the brim.
Voila, there you have it- a simple, cost effective way to save water while you're getting so fresh and so clean!