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Jun 7, 2011

How the Yellow Brick Road Got Its Color

Extremes are a variable type of occurrence with anything in life. Even when the extreme might be trying to save money. I knew a guy in a freshman class of mine who knew I was really into being frugal and whatnot. He decided to tell about his trials of saving money, especially as a desperately short-on-cash college student. I figured I'd listen and gain some potentially interesting information about saving money and being frugal and the like. I mean who knows, maybe I'd be able to write an interesting blog post about what he mentioned? Unfortunately, only one of those conditions were met and here I am.

This man liked to save on the water bill in a rather interesting manner. Instead of peeing into a toilet like a normal person, he would pee into a cup large enough to accommodate his own bladder contents. From there he would either pour the cup down the drain in the sink, in the shower, or simply just outside. I put on my best poker face at this point and tried not to laugh. He continued and explained that he was saving a great deal in money from not flushing the toilet all the time when he urinating. I can't imagine what he does for other pertinent toilet occasions.

Was he saving money at all?

The average household toilet uses around 3 gallons per flush according to USGS.

On average it is normal to urinate around 6-8 times a day. This of course changes depending on your fluid intake, but let's stick with the average.

The average price of water in the United States is about $1.50 for 1000 gallons. Which means it is $0.0015 per gallon of water. Cheap, I know.

Let's say he urinates 6 times a day at 3 gallons per flush. That's 18 gallons per day.

There are 365 days in a year. This means that he is using 6570 gallons of water on just peeing per year.

At $0.0015 per gallon, he is saving $9.86 per year by not flushing while relieving the bladder. Imagine if his family all did the same thing!

It doesn't seem like much. But you decide that.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    "If its yellow, let it mellow. If its brown, flush it down."

  2. AndyB says:

    I guess this is a more in-depth account of that :P

  3. Anonymous says:

    better drink your own piss

  4. Anonymous says:

    better eat your own... sorry, i'll just stop.

  5. Anonymous says:

    why not just pee in the shower if he was going to dump it there anyway?

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