Saint Patrick’s Day – Go Green and Save Money

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  1. Chet says:

    Great tips! Another big area of waste (and potential money saver) is water. The statistics on how much water is used daily by each individual is staggering! I have a low flow shower head that allows you to toggle between full force & a lesser trickle, though it takes some discipline to use!

    Do you have any other tips on saving water? I’ve been interested in gray water systems but not sure how much work it would be to install.

  2. Matt says:

    Vinegar is hugely underrated as a cleaning product. My wife and I use a vinegar/water solution when washing our floors and it works great. We also use it as a fabric softener in the laundry.

  3. Barry says:

    Great question Chet. While I am not all to familiar with greywater or Gray water, I have done some research and found that there are many ways that greywater can be safely used around the house and elsewhere.

    For example, if applied directly from the sink some greywater may be used for gardening since it may contain many nutrients. If you plan on using the greywater for your irrigation system, it is very important that you store the greywater before using use in the irrigation system, unless it has been properly treated first.

    Some additional uses are:

    Indoor reuse – When recycled from showers or bathtubs the greywater can be used for flushing toilets. Where International Plumbing Codes have been adopted.

    Space travel – greywater might be used for space flights to other planets to help reduce the amount of water consumption e.g. showers, and increase oxygen generation.

    Heating source – Through a process called drainwater heat recovery heat is recovered from both residential and commercial greywater processing. When used residentially a drainwater or similar sytem can recovery up to 60% of the heat that would otherwise be lost.

    Ecological – the use of greywater helps reduce the demand on conventional water supplies when used in toilet or for gardening and irrigations systems. This is very beneficial from an environmental perspective, especially in times of drought.

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