Sunday, February 21, 2010

More Water Saving Strategies
I have shown previously how I have a plastic bucket in my shower to collect grey water for the garden. Some other strategies we employ to save water are:
A small bucket that fits into the sink. This catches water that runs while waiting for the hot water to come through, general hand washing water and the water used to wash vegetables - then I just carry it through to the outdoor plants.

This little timer costs about $4 and sits in the shower. The sand gives you 4 minutes and boy does it go fast when you have to wash your hair and shave your legs as well as the other jobs you have to do the shower.
This pipe runs from outside our laundry to the garden. It is connected to our washing machine and runs directly to the grass. Both the wash cycle and the rinse water are diverted to the garden.

The end of the hose just lies on the grass and as you can see the greywater is producing some fantastically healthy grass.

Is anybody doing some stuff to save water that I haven't discovered yet?


Debbie said...

I do most of those things to save water too.
I have an award for you drop by when you have a chance and pick it up

twisted soul said...

I too have the washing machine hose running out the wall onto my lawn/garden and our shower outlet runs into the orchard.
Have you seen the "Hughie Sink"? Really no different from your tub in the sink but it's got handles and a plug hole and it's made from 100% recycled plastic. Great for camping too.
Sami Jae.

lala2074 said...

I had the 4 minute timer, it took a little getting used to, but it is a great way to save water.

I like the idea of the plastic bucket in the sink.

Non Consumer Girl

Vanessa said...

NCG - yes, 4 minutes is not long at all - unfortunately.LOL
No, I haven't seen the hughie sink. I just grabbed an old craft container from the shed. I am trying to reuse all the plastic containers in this house.
Debbie, thanks for the award - I'm heading over to your blog now to pick it up. Thanks again. Vanessa