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Fill Toilet Tank

Even the 1.6-gallon-per-flush toilets that are considered conservation-minded will flush just fine with about a gallon, and many older models in homes and businesses use far more than that. In our home, we’ve developed a free and easy way to conserve water with every flush.

Save some tall and narrow glass jars and bottles that fit in the toilet tank. Soak off the labels, because they tend to come loose, and submerge the jar in the empty space at the end of the tank away from the flushing mechanism. The toilet will now save water equal to the volume of submerged jars with every future flush.

Remember, every bit counts!

—Mark Butterfield

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