Tuesday, May 19, 2015
My Saving Obsession that Saves Me Money
I have this one obsession with water: I like to save it and not waste any of it. It all started when I wanted to wash dishes and it took FOREVER for the water from the kitchen tap water to warm up. This happened every time I wanted hot water from the tap and I soon discovered that it’s because of the pipe length between the water heater and the kitchen is very long. I could not let all the cold water go to waste so I started collecting it in pitchers in the kitchen. My obsession was born.
I do not skip washing in order to save water, and I do laundry as much as other people. However, I ALWAYS turn off the faucet while brushing my teeth or washing my face and I use the water from my pitchers in the kitchen to fill the kettle, boil noodles or rice, and drink water. I also wait until there are enough dirty dishes to be ‘worth’ washing them and I use dirty dish water to water my plants. Outside, I collect rainwater to water my tomato plants and I drive my car on the lawn before washing it so the water used also waters my grass. I run the dishwasher on the shortest cycle will get my dishes clean.
My husband’s saving obsession is turning off lights. As soon as I leave a room, he asks me to turn off the light (even if in my head, I know I’ll be back within 5 minutes). Because I don’t like a house that is dark, I tend to keep a few lights on around the house, especially in winter.
Another of my obsession is to use natural light in winter; first thing in the morning, I open all the curtains and blinds in the house to let the heat and light from the sun come in. As soon as the sun sets, I cover all the windows so that we do not lose any heat through them (we have very large windows).
You may not have an obsession yet; however, it`s relatively easy to find one. Pick just one thing that you can focus on: electricity, heat, water, paying fees to exercise, wasted food, etc. Pick any one thing where you can reduce your consumption, and go all out!