Today I thought that I would share a few quick tips with you to save both water and electricity. These tips are especially helpful for someone who is living off the grid and trying to find ways to conserve. They are things that we’ve adopted around our home and I thought that it might be helpful to share them with you today.
If you live in a rural area, there’s a very high likelihood that you have a well as your source of water. The thing that most people who don’t have a well don’t realize is that we don’t have to pay the city to deliver water to our homes but we do have to pay for the electricity that pumps the water out of our wells.
Anything that you can do to reduce the amount of time that your well pump is running will not only save electricity but it will also help conserve water. With this in mind, let me tell you about a few habits that we have adopted at our home that I think might be helpful to you.
Let me just start off by saying that for about eight years we didn’t have a well. We had to haul water to our home using a trailer that had a 450 gallon plastic tank on it. Consequently, we learned very quickly about the importance of conserving water. Not only was it costly to pull a trailer loaded down with 450 gallons of water, if we didn’t learn to conserve, it was a big inconvenience because we were constantly making trips to restock our water supply.
Here Are My 3 Quick Tips
- The first tip I have for you is to find ways to cut down on the amount of laundry loads that you do. I’m not suggesting that you stop washing your clothing but I am suggesting that you consider making some minor changes to your habits. With four people living in our home, I quickly learned that one of the most common things that we were washing were towels. We were all in the habit of taking a shower and immediately tossing our wet towel in the dirty clothes hamper. With four people taking at least one shower a day, this meant that we were washing and drying at least 120 towels a month. That’s a lot of laundry to be doing just to wash towels. Not only that, it takes a long time for towels to dry in an electric clothes dryer which means that you’re using electricity to pump water from the well, to wash the towels, AND to dry them. That’s not even taking into account how much water you are wasting by washing your towels every time you use them. We have been able to significantly cut down on the number of laundry loads that we are doing to wash towels by adopting a very simple habit. This may seem strange to you at first, but we now use our towels several times before we wash them again. At first, it seemed strange to us as well but when you think about it, after you get out of the shower, you’re completely clean so that act of drying off doesn’t really get the towels dirty. Now, we simply hang them to dry and use them several times before washing them. This has cut down on the amount of water and electricity that is being used to wash and dry towels at our home considerably.
- Another tip is to take a step back in time and ditch your electric clothes dryer altogether when possible. Setting up an old-fashioned line to dry your clothes on is very inexpensive and its a method of drying clothing that has been used for centuries. Why not adopt this age-old technique and save a little bit of money on electricity? The only disadvantage of this is that your clothes don’t dry as quickly but you can save a significant amount of money on electricity by drying your clothing on a line instead of in an electric powered dryer.
- The next tip that I have for you is really quite simple but one that most people don’t think of and that is to open your window blinds or curtains and turn off your house lights during the day. Many people these days have grown so accustomed to having electricity that the act of flipping on a light switch is deeply ingrained in their habits. For over eight years we lived off the grid and any electricity that we had was provided by our electric generator. We learned quickly that we could really cut back on the amount of electricity that we were using by simply opening our curtains and not using the lights or lamps in our home during the day. Another very good option is to consider installing passive solar lighting. If you’d like to learn more about that, I suggest that you take a minute and read my article called: Save Money on Your Light Bill with Solar Light Tubes. Sure, installing these types of light fixtures comes with an initial investment but you can really brighten up a room with them without ever having to spend a penny on electricity once they are installed.
Share Your Ideas with Us!
There are many other ways to conserve electricity and water but these are just a few quick ideas that come to mind that we’ve adopted around our home. If you have the time, please leave me a comment in the box below and share some of your tips and tricks for saving money on electricity and conserving water.