Oh, the buckets, the buckets.
My in-laws utilize the tumble washer. Washing a load uses 15 gallons, rinsing a load uses 15 gallons. For 2 full-time working adults, who aren’t home to flush all day, their water bill in 2011 equaled no more than $15 to $20 a month.
I find that impressive.
I am home all day, though. So I picked up a few water ideas from my green mother. Yes, she is actually green. You should see her thumbs.
I ran across two buckets someone attempted to throw out. I asked if I could have them and they said yes! I put one in the bathtub and one by the toilet. Then we went out and bought two dish pans for the sink and one for the sink in the bathroom.
While we lived in Virginia and Georgia, the buckets and dish pans caught all the water. The soapy water kept the bugs off my bush beans in the garden. The rinse water stopped the thirst of my strawberry and watermelon plants or we dumped some in the compost. The water we caught in the bathroom from washing our hands and brushing our teeth flushed the toilet. While in the shower, if I moved the bucket around in the tub with my foot, it caught 1/2 to 3/4 bucket of clean water. I turned the water off and washed out of the clean water in the bucket. Then I used my shower/bath water to flush the toilet. No water wasted. The only time I flushed the toilet was for a poo.
My husband shaved daily with olive oil, which turned out too messy and sticky to catch in the pan in the bathroom sink, so that drain we used daily. We ran the dishwasher once or twice a week to keep water in the water trap.
I loved those buckets. I used others to catch rain water off the roof. That water we used to water plants, the garden and flush the toilet.
And our water bill? It capped at about $60 a month, but that included trash and recycling pickup. (Which I wrote and asked the city to stop because we didn’t have enough trash to pick up, but they claimed it was the law that they had to charge us.)
Of course they did. Gotta love St. Marys, Georgia and their backward ways.
Now that we’re living in Wisconsin, in our own home, I plan to try out……wait for it…..THE RAIN BARREL!! I’ve been itching to try one of these for years. And since the previous owner installed the low-flush toilets, we don’t even have to use the buckets to flush anymore. It uses that little water.
Ahh….dreams do come true.
What about you? Any luck with rain barrels? Is one better than another?
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- Best Price One Piece Dual Flush Toilet – Black (cargolinersoew29.wordpress.com)
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