More Laundry savings secrets :)

I recently bought Organic Eco Wool Dryer Balls – 6 Pack – 100% Handmade, Fair Trade, Organic, No Lint – Premium Quality from amazon.  I LOVE them, they are little wooly balls and the help to fluff up your laundry and cut your drying time.

Remember, I dry my Jeans and Towels outside when I can, to almost dry, then I throw them in the dryer, these balls help to make them fluffy and dry a little quicker.

On regular clothes I think I save about 25% on time, with all the laundry that goes on here that adds up!  If I do good clothes I will rip a dryer sheet in half to help with static cling saves money here also.

Also if you wear something for half day, and you didn’t get it dirty or sweaty, either just hang back up in closet or if you MUST wash, then use the spin and rinse cycle.  The less you wash your clothes the longer they last, saving money on clothes, and water and electric bills.

The biggest saver of all, now that it is summer, let the SUN dry your clothes!

 

Water / Energy Conservation…

if the US and CA especially are concerned with water and energy conservation then you would think a mandate would be put in place for a few things:

  1. All Washers would have to be Front Loading – Top loaders use 40 to 27 gallons per wash, Front Loader use around 14 to 5 gallons per wash.
  2. All new homes would have to be built with enough solar panel to provide at least 50% of the electricity they will use
  3. All new homes would have to be built with “grey water” recycling, this is using water from sinks and showers for toilet water, so it gets used twice before going being flushed
  4. All homes would have water catchment systems for use watering lawns and gardens
  5. All water would be go thru a sanitation process before being released into the ocean  – no “don’t liter dumps in ocean” signs

These 4 changes would save a ton of water and electricity.  It is more efficient to add the solar and grey water, and catchment systems when building a home, rather then adding it later.

Making sure untreated water doesn’t flow in the ocean would save our oceans and add jobs to make and maintain the sanitation buildings.

 

Food diary kind of …

Instead of doing a daily food diary, which probably bores everyone (including me) plus I am always forgetting to enter my stuff in, I will just keep track along with my exercise and kitchen mash-ups….. so here goes

We went walking again at the other side of the trail, now I wasn’t planning on walking BuT….I slept ate a Cherry Pop tart….so I figured, probably gotta work that thang off 🙂

Now this side of the trail is not as nice, more just a road and fence, HoWeVer, we were able to climb down in a spot to two, so we could get to the creek bed, this damn dog likes water…

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So there she is enjoying herself, after digging in the sand and getting in the water and generally being a menace as usual.

Hopefully this is the last time I sleep eat crap that makes me HaVe to exercise later that day…gah!

Ways to save water….

I have posted before on some ways to save water, I will share again….some may be repeats….

When I cook in big pots, to clean I put in a  little water, swish to get the big stuff off, then leave it in the sink, and everytime I do something that needs water, the leftover falls in the pot.  I can use this at the end of the day to do more rinsing.

I went out and bought more plates, since I want to only use the dishwasher when full, it is hard with all your plates are dirty, you need them, so I went and got another set.  Now I never run out of clean plates and always run a full dishwasher.

Also, put your dishwasher on the fastest wash, I always use the china/light was, about 20 mins less then regular wash and they are always clean.

Take water to bed at night?  have some left over in the am?  Don’t pour it out, pour it in the flowers, the lawn or the dogs bowl.

One of the great water users is the toilet.  I guess septic tank users already use “if it is yellow let it mellow, if it is brown, flush it down” sounds eww but really, if you are well hydrated, when you pee there is very little color or smell.

We started not because of conservation, but because of noise.  Our plumbing is very loud in our room and everytime we got up at night to use the restroom it would wake the other person up.  So we stopped flushing at night.  Then it just kind of went from there.  I think every other time works to start out with.  Of course this is our own private bathroom, the house one we flush everytime.

My water bill has four tiers, Conservation, Efficient, Normal, Wastefull, we are almost always in the Conservation mode, before the drought, so we don’t have that many changes left to make.

I so hope it gets better next year….lets recap

Garbage disposer goes out – replaced by Hubby and Son

about 1 month later

Bathroom springs a leak – replaced from people who did our repipe in 2004 (keep all receipts for things like that people) – first came out cut holes in wall – patched leak – (while here got the news that tub is leaking..sigh) 5 days later wall patch done

2 days later

Heater stops working – think it is heater, find out it is thermostat, had to call plumber to do, without heat for 3 days, thermostat fixed on same day walls patched

1 week later

the hose part of the kitchen sink facet starts leaking water every time water is turned on – while at store getting replacement facet son calls, the water in the front yard is shooting up flooding the lawn…very lucky because the Water Department is across the street for a neighbor call, see’s the geyser and turns off the irrigation water

Sink facet replaced by Hubby and Son, water still of in front yard, going to see if the gardner can fix it.

This is ridiculous, sounds like someone writing for a sitcom…..aauugghhhhhhh!!!

 

Conserving water can be done…..

I live in freaking drought CA….but as you can see from my bills below, the whole house uses less water then we are alotted, and I don’t have any fancy rain catchment system, (I wish I did though 😦 ). I just changed the way I did things.

1. Dishwasher – use the setting that is the shortest, I use Light/China on ALL my dishes, they all come out clean, this is the shortest cycle.

2. Washer – I use the shortest setting here also on ALL my clothes, including towels and jeans, they all come out clean. The Perm Press cycle is the shortest at 44 min, instead of some that are over an hour. Now if you can, once your old washer goes out, replace it with a front loader, it goes from about 40+ to 14 gallons of water.

Not only does using the shorter setting save water, it also save on Electric also…win/win 🙂

3. Watering my lawn, as in a previous post, my sprinklers aren’t working, if yours are, you only need to water every other day, and only for 1 to 5 min. My hose leaks, so I have my watering can, that I put where the water comes out of the hose and I use that to water my garden boxes.

4. We use the water we take in the bedroom with us at night, to fill up the animals water dish and plants if it is left over.

These are some simple quick items, that really don’t cost you anything, but make a big difference.

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Want vs Need

I have been using the Want vs Need practice to help control my spending. Because lets face it, I WANT a lot of things, I don’t really NEED any of them 🙂

I need to water my yard, I want to fix my sprinklers, (one is shooting straight up, one isn’t doing anything at all, and they are all to powerful and spraying the yard and pavement) Yet I don’t have a job and money is tight, so I bought a cheap sprinkler to put at the end of my hose and it takes a little more effort and time but my grass is going Green without much money spent 🙂

I need to lose weight and work out, I want to join the gym, I already have a yoga mat and a stair thing I bought years ago, I found some work outs on youtube and I am going them at home. So know I just need to get my lazy arse off the couch on do them 🙂

it’s the little things you do that add up to a lot

We take a large glass of water with us to bed every night. Rarely do we ever finish it, I am sure we are not the only ones.

What do you do with the water the next day? I either pour whats left into the animals water bowl, or if that is full, use it in the plants around the house. This might now seem like much, on a daily basis, but on a monthly and yearly basis it is quite a bit.

There are small things like this you can do around your house that will impact your wallet and the earth in a big way.