Do you want to conserve water and cut your monthly usage costs? Below, we show you how to recycle water at home using an affordable, simple-to-install kit.
Collecting and re-using rainwater can be a great way to conserve our natural resource and save on your water bill at the same time. However, in some places you can collect rain water only part of the year.
In other places, there is very little rain year round, and some people simply pay more for water due to their location. I, for one, don’t like to feel guilty every time I take shower, wash the dishes or run the washing machine.
A Surprisingly Simple Solution:
If you experience any of these issues above, there is an easy, low-cost DIY solution: recycle the water you use in your home to irrigate your landscape, wash you car, etc..
- Did you know that you can recycle 25-30 gallons of water for each load of laundry you do? (By the way, that’s for a high-efficiency washing machine).
- Dishwashers, on average, use 6 gallons per cycle. You can recycle that too.
- Modern shower heads dispense 2.5 gallons per minute, which ends up being 25 gallons for a 10-minute shower. If your shower head is older, you may be wasting even more water.
With a 4-person family, you can see that over a period of just a week, you can be using a significant amount of water – that could very easily utilized making your yard lush and green.
Recycling Water is Easier than You Think:
Most people think that installing a grey water system is complicated, time consuming and expensive. It can be, especially if you are installing large storage tanks, but your system does not have to complicated or expensive.
How to Recycle Water with a Grey Water System
Essentially, you can get a small pump which attaches to your plumbing system and directs the water you use from your shower, sink or washing machine directly into your yard. Some pumps even include a basic filtration system that the grey water flows through before reaching your plants.
If you are handy (or know someone who is), you can install a system yourself. If not, you can get a plumber to handle the task. In any case, it’s much easier and less expensive than you’d expect, and you can be recycling your water before you know it.
Now you don’t have to feel guilty every time you take shower, wash the dishes or run the washing machine. The water does not go to waste.