"If it's Yellow, Let it Mellow...If it's Brown..."

Flush it down!

Not a hugely complicated water conservation method, right?

And when you look at the statistics - instead of flushing the toilet after each and every use (12-15 times a day), and wait for a a brown addition to flush it all down - you can reduce the number of times you refill your toilet with fresh new water to 4 or 5 times a day. And at 1.6 gallons per flush, that's a savings of 5000 gallons per year of water!

And when I saw our water bill the other day, I realized that we use on average 10,000 gallons of water a month. I don't know about you, but I think this to be an outrageous amount!

Imagine if I had to walk down to the local stream, collect that much water a month, and carry it back to my house. 10,000 gallons? Insane!

So, I'm on a quest to reduce our water consumption. Although my husband takes 2 minute showers and I try to stay under 10, I'm certain we use/waste much more precious water as a family than we should. That's why we have instated the "if it's yellow let it mellow" rule to our household.

And if I could find a way to purchase this sign, I'll have it hanging up behind the toilet in no time!


  1. Hi Lia,
    It's certainly a good sign to print off and stick on the wall over the loo, though we already do it.

    Actually, I guess we started when my 4 year old was a baby (he slept with us) and we wouldn't flush our ensuite at night in case of waking him.

    I think a sign like that would be good for those potentially awkward moments when a visitor comes over and you haven't darted in to give the loo a flush before they go there!

    Re the showers - I'm TERRIBLE at short showers!

    I was reading about "Navy Showers" on "Instructables" - where one washes, turns off the flow while shampooing (if you shampoo), then on again for a rinse.

    I usually shower with one maybe two little people in with me, so that is a saving grace - group showers!


  2. Did you ever find a sign like this? I am trying to find one myself.