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Saving money on water

Posted by tim45z10 (My Page) on
Sun, Jun 22, 14 at 17:24

Unfortunately, in this case you may have to spend to save.
Measure the water pressure in your house. If it is more than 60psi, turn down your water pressure regulator. If you dont have one, you will need to install one.
This will save on water used for dishes and showers.
My consumption dropped a lot after adding a pressure regulator.

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RE: Saving money on water

I'll have to call my plumber and see what he thinks, but it's an interesting concept.....

How we save water....
For after meal clean-up and washing anything that doesn't go into the dishwasher, as well as rinsing off the dishes that do go into the dishwasher, we use approximately one-gallon of "saved water".

Saved water is the water that would normally run down the drain while the water gets hot enough for a shower. I collect it and store it in 3-gallon BPA-free water jugs.

To expedite this, you need to do the washing in a plastic tub/bowl (1-1/2 to 2-gallon capacity) placed in your sink. Sinks can hold anywhere between 6 and 15-gallons of water and this small amount would be lost.

I put 5-cups of room temperature water in the plastic tub. Then I heat 5-cups of water in the electric kettle (it just needs to be hot, not boiling) and add it. The remainder of the gallon is used to rinse with. When I calculated the cost for heating water in the electric kettle, microwave, and on the Induction hot plate, the kettle was faster (5-minutes using .11 KWH of electricity to come to a full boil). An electric kettle is faster because the water is in contact with the heating element.

If I have a solar oven out, I can heat the water in it and put it in a thermal jug or large Thermos Bottle to use for dishes. To heat water in a solar oven (or use for cooking in for that matter): Paint the outside of quart jars with heat-resistant paint designed for repainting barbeque grills. The black paint absorbs the heat and quickly heats the water.

We run our dishwasher when it is full (about once every 5-7 days), on the shortest cycle and no-heat drying.

We can also place saved water in 5-gallon camp showers and heat them outside in the sun. We have a special hanger installed in the master shower that will hold the weight of 5-gallons of water, and we can get two showers (including washing hair) out of 5-gallons.

For the first time in a number of years we aren't living with severe drought and restricted water use, and our 1,000-gallon rain barrel system has stayed full all spring to water the gardens and landscape.


RE: Saving money on water

Less pressure equals less flow. Its that simple.

RE: Saving money on water

Don't waste water on rinsing the dishes that go in the dishwasher. Scrape off the chunks but leave rest on. The food left on the dishes gives the soap a place to cling to and the dishes will get cleaner.

RE: Saving money on water

Yes, I understand the principle, but will it interfere with other things like filling the washer or dishwasher and actually be any real savings? We already have low-flow shower heads and do an abbreviated shower method (step into the shower and wet body and washcloth; turn off water; wash with soapy wet washcloth; turn on water and rinse - 30-60 seconds of flowing water). We lived in a townhouse that had low water pressure and it took seemingly "forever" to fill the washer and the dishwasher, and 15-minutes to partially fill the bath tub. Not sure I want that again.....

The water I use for rinsing the dishes that go into the dishwasher is (A) saved water that most people let go down the drain, and (B) has already been used for doing dishes that DON'T go into the dishwasher. It's not like we are running copious amounts of water from the faucet to rinse them off. We scrape them with a plastic spatula first, but since our dishes sit in the dishwasher for up to a week waiting for a full load, a quick rinse in the USED dishwater after we've done the dishes doesn't cost anything and prevents odors and any dried on food residue.


RE: Saving money on water

Turning down the pressure regulator will do little more than increase the time it takes to fill the washer, dishwasher, bathtub, etc because as Tim says, it just decreases the flow, not the amount of water used. But it does mean you'll use less water washing your hands, rinsing dishes, showering, etc.

RE: Saving money on water

christopherh is right .... You get the same answer at a sink by not turning the water on full, but for your water-using appliances, no effect. If you're concerned, you could install low flow faucets (in my area it's required, no others are sold) that seem to be ok for sink use although tasks like filling pots for cooking do take longer.

Our area has draught-imposed use restrictions this summer, but even now the usage charge for 100 gallons of water costs is 25 cents. I think most people don't have the time or interest to pursue the Rube Goldberg-esque gyrations as described above, the resulting savings would be less than pennies. Most of my neighbors who require major reductions to stay within their quota curtail outdoor watering and perhaps may do washing at a laundromat.

My favorite way to reduce water usage is to drink beer and wine instead.

RE: Saving money on water

snidely - I am with you on the drinking of wine (I don't like beer) - after all, we have to do our part. Plus I am in training for Italy. Sure hope that Amex Ultimate out of country/province multi-trip health plan we have pays off if something happens! It costs us a fortune. Water costs are high in Toronto and about to go up again. Actually, I also drink bottled water (and so does our dog - he is a 10 1/3 year old white, double-coated shedder - with perfectly clear eyes). Learned about the bottled water trick when he was 7 months old (helps that he is a normal size for his breed of course). We have had a lot of rain today - torrential and then nothing - this seems to be the new norm. I just wish it would rain in a normal fashion - especially when I am out in it. Of course torrential rains will not stop the idiots from setting off the gun-shot sounding fire crackers at 3:00 a.m. - this has been going on for days. Your turn will come Friday - or sooner.

RE: Saving money on water

Teaching children to turn the water on half? Tough one.
Lower pressure will allow your sink, toilet, laundry hoses to last longer too.

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