Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Saving water and $$$

Ok, so someone asked...really why??
Yes, it is a silly looking contraption...that works....
The last big rain storm (Mar. 1) gave us 35+ gallons of rainwater. Which we at the time put into the rain barrel bucket by bucket.
The gallons were used to water our precious tomatoes and other plants.
Hubby, being dutiful to the drought, cut our sprinkler system to three days a week at roughly 3 mins a station. Using the rain water and cutting the system...we saved $35 on our water bill....
Yeah, funny looking contraption....great water bill....
We are trying to do our part....and it appears that just this little rain barrel works....
This morning we caught another 10 or so gallons of water off the front roof....which was used to water my pots that do not get water except when I water. No hose was required...just a little bucket.
We have also incorporated water saving granules in pots out front to further reduce the need for water.
I should also add, that in remodeling the bathrooms we put in new low flow toilets (CA requirement by the way) and our new washing machine is High Efficiency (which is hard as I don't think it cleans as well).....so, those also add to cutting water demand.
But, still our water bill was pretty high....mostly garden demand....so, now we have succeeded in cutting it further with catching rain water......
In three months the rain barrel will have paid for itself.....
Just sayin.......

3 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Good for you. I really admire what you are doing. We have had problems here in the Midwest with the low flow toilet systems so they are not mandatory. We did put in restrictors on the showers though.
Great job- xo Diana

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

This is VERY creative and clever! :)

Lorenza Coon said...

Kudos to you for making pro-active steps toward water conservation. With the widespread drought in the west coast and a looming El NiƱo phenomenon threatening most of the countries bordering the central pacific ocean, those small steps, when practiced concertedly with community efforts, can help alleviate the worst effects of the said problems. I only hope more people would come to read this post and follow from your example!

Lorenza Coon @ Central Basin