7 Simple Ways to Recycle Gray Water and Save Money

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shower me with your love…or warm water will have to do.

Right about now it seems we’re all looking for ways to save money. And with all the recent attention on living more sustainable lives it would be nice to combine the two. As I’ve mentioned before, a sustainable lifestyle is also one that saves money. Turns out that most folks waste lots of gray water from our showers and sinks that could be put to good use on our water-hungry lawns and shrubs. Here are 7 simple ways to reuse that gray water, and save a little money on the way.

  1. Plug your bathtub before a shower. Afterwards siphon the water through a window or into a bucket and onto your lawn. Same goes for baths.
  2. Remove the p-trap from your sink and let the water drain into a bucket. Siphon or carry the bucket outside when it’s full.
  3. Alternatively, you can dump it into your toilet which may be more desirable for the greasy or alkaline heavy water.
  4. Put a bucket beside your washing machine then take the drain and put it in the bucket. When it gets full dump it out back.
  5. Run a drip line from your air conditioner runoff to your shrubs. My folks did this and it worked great.
  6. If you ever get rain in your state divert your rain gutters and downspouts to a barrel and reuse it when there isn’t any rain. Here in Arizona we don’t get much of that stuff.
  7. If you’re not going to drink the rest of a glass of water, use it to water a houseplant.

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