- August 19, 2008 at 10:18 pm #261915
frugal water savings
from ria: i am trying to cut costs in the house as much as possible,
winter is coming and the fuel bill will not be lower this year.
i have put in a low flow shower head from home depot, the plastic one
that can’t be changed to a higher flow – results: well its better than
the old style from central maine power years ago, this one puts out
water at a high velocity so it does get soap out of hair. i replaced
the sink and dripping faucet with a single ball style faucet. we now
have a low flow toilet, it actually works better than the old one that
used over 3 gallons of water, this is 1.6 gal with styrofoam insert so
guess its down to 1.4 gal. I spent a lot of time talking to the people
at home depot about the toilets. Go for the ones with the largest
holes (so stuff can get out easier), HD has their toilets rated the
higher the number the more efficent for flushing.
My electric bill has really peaked, but the temp has been really high
and we are so humid this year. Weird for Maine, we don’t usually have
this humidity. Just about all my lights are the twirlies at this
point. I do not think a 60 swirly is equal to a reg bulb 60 for
reading BTW, so my reading lamps are getting 75-100 swirlies. The
local Aubuchons have a automatic coupon for the lights $1 off,
bringing the cost of light bulb down to $1.95. I managed to get a
bunch of ceiling pot lamps for free and am trying to talk Bert into
putting them in the suspended ceiling (I’ll use 45’s for them). Found
out I can’t run all the ceiling fans on one switch/circuit in the
living room so have to rethink the light/fan layout. My ceiling fans
have died (I put them in over 20 years ago) so am looking for
replacements, I really need low profile as ceilings are low.
My computer is on hibernation mode, and the printer is off unless I am
using it. I need to change the wiring set up so I can use a strip cord
and turn everything off at night, supposedly tvs, comps etc all use
juice even when turned off, you have to unplug them.
i am bringing outside the crock pot, and counter top oven this keeps
the heat out of the house. using the grill may not save money but its
cooler than cooking inside.
this year was weird for garden, dry in the spring and wet all summer
.. tons of slugs .. am going to think about saving rainwater for next
how to convert any toilet to a low flow toilet
rainbarrel – harvesting water
30+ years ago my mom had some kind of diverter on her washer, the
rinse water went into a large sink and was reused for the next load of
wash for the soap cycle. Personally I wish we could use rinse water
from shower in the toilet ..
save money on water bill
native plants adapted to handle excess water work best for rain
gardens. swamp milkweed (asclepias incarnata) tops patricia’s list of
favorites, along with queen of the prairie (filipendula rubra), cup
plant (silphium perfoliatum), culver’s root (veronicastrum virginicum)
and turtlehead (chelone lyonii).
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