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Suggestions for saving water

Posted Sunday, December 2, 2007, at 8:27 AM

I would bet that many of us conserve water. How about sharing some ideas? If we see some ideas that are on the fringe, just let it go with EEUUWW, or we may miss some really good ones.

Our water temperature takes about a gallon before we can wash the dished or take a shower, so we save it for a number of other re-uses.

Here comes a eeuuww. If I have had a quiet day, will little exertion, I don't take a shower until the next day.

Here is an interesting link for calculating water consumption. http://www.csgnetwork.com/waterusagecalc... It might be best to use Internet Explorer unless you have Java controls on your other browsers.

I wish we had our house set up to recycle "grey" water but we don't so a retrofit is foe when I found one of those "round tuits".

Another round tuit is to collect rainwater (when it rains). We do a little but I want to collect 5-10,000 gallons for my garden. I never like putting city water on it anyway.

I have a few more ideas, but what about you. Do we save water while shaving, combine loads for laundry, ?


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I keep a pitcher of water in the fridge since ours doesn't dispense water and ice. Keeps from having to run the water and wait for it to get cold from the tap.

This may be a borderline Eeeeeewwwwwww, but I only wash laundry once a week... get the maximum load capacity with a setting slighty less than required. If the washer is full to the top with clothes, I use the "large load" setting.

Don't use the dishwasher. Washing dishes by hand may "waste" 20 minutes of our valuable "Deal or No Deal" time, but it will save water if you turn it off when both sides of sink are full. Plus, you can personally inspect each dish and make sure no food is stuck on, and need to be run thru another cycle. (Psst, washing dishes by hand also burns an extra 75 calories per hour, lol)

Check the toilet for leaks. Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. If the bowl water changes color, that is a sign of a leak and needs to be repaired.

Well, that's all I can think of at this moment. I may have more later. Hope this helps.

-- Posted by craftin_mom on Sun, Dec 2, 2007, at 9:01 AM

Washing clothes got out of hand for us a while back. I know it is heresy, but I think my clothes used to get just as clean when mixed with others colors. Not if they bleed, but....

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Dec 2, 2007, at 12:50 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.