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Reasons for saving waterObviously all human activity requires water, but certain aspects that pertain to water heating and electricity (topics in my website) might be overlooked.
Saving water saves electricity from not pumping water.
Conserving water means a smaller water heater... and less energy consumption.
Dripping hot water side of faucet removes hot from water heater tank that is replaced with cold water that needs to be heated to set point, wasting water and the water needed for electric generation.
Water is essential for generation of all electricity, for example cooling the coal-or-oil-or-gas-or-atomic generator, steam explosion powering the generator, hydroelectric generation.
Some regions (South Texas for example) the rice crop was cancelled several years during the drought so there was enough water for the power plant and towns etc.
PV solar generation does not require water during generation ... but making aluminum frames for solar panels requires smelting aluminum... requiring massive electric generation ... usually from hydroelectric plants in the NW.
is water worth?
If you carried each gallon from the river up to 2nd floor bathtub, when would you start to conserve?
Average home uses 1/4 to 1/2 acre-foot water per year.
135,000 gallons = 27,000 5-gallon buckets
If each bath cost $30, would you conserve?
Remember, conserving resources is 'conservative'
Average home with water well pays $12 per year to pump water.
Read about growth and electric consumption
Set rain barrel higher than 550 gallon storage tank
Storage Tank must be on flat concrete pad.
Use ordinary 55 gallon plastic drum for rain barrel
Use bulkhead fitting to tap into rain barrel/
Install bulkhead fitting 2" higher than tank bottom so debris collects in bottom of rain barrel
Use 1-1/4" PVC water line between rain barrel and tank
Cover top of rain barrel with hardware cloth to protect animals from falling into tank.
Add screen to keep out mosquitoes, and other fine debris.
Use gutter to channel water to rain barrel.
Buy bulkhead fitting:
Bulhead fitting at Amazon
Order 1" bulkhead fitting, and drill 2" hole, for 1" pipe thread
Closed head plastic drum at Amazon
Outdoor water meter for water hose at Amazon
into rain barrel
Bathtub uses 20-25 gallons water
Use 5 gallon bucket to empty bathtub and pour into rain barrel
5 gallons x 8.4 lbs per gallon.
I used closed-head 55 gallon barrel... cut hole in top, leaving 1" rim around top to attach hardware cloth and screen.
Re-use water in garden and for grass and trees
Pour in 2 pints hydrogen peroxide occasionally to deodorize
Order 1" bulkhead fitting, and drill 2" hole, uses 1" IP thread
Bulhead fitting at Amazon
Closed head 55 gallon plastic drum at Amazon
Open head 55 gallon plastic at Amazon
barrel timer/ battery operated
Toro zero pressure rain barrel timer
Water timers cannot be exposed to freezing temperatures, or freezing water can expand and crack timer
Toro low pressure rain barrel timer at Amazon
Variable cycle timer instructions
Set frequency... this is the number of times you want to water each week
For example the timer can turn On once each 24 hours or once each 2 hours etc
Then set duration of watering... this is amount of time the water will run ... choose from 1minute to 2 hours
rain barrel water timer
Normally closed valve:
When Power is OFF, valve is Off
When timer is ON, valve is open
3/4" / 24Volt DC/ brass valve Amazon
3/4" / 12VDC/ plastic valve at Amazon
3/4" / 24VAC/ plastic valve at Amazon
12 Volt DC transformer/ 30 watt
12 Volt AC transformer / 40 watt
24 Volt AC transformer / 40 watt
24 Volt AC transformer w/ square box cover / 40 watt
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More options for low pressure rain barrel timer
57894 timer and valve
3/4" / 24VAC/ Orbit plastic valve Amazon
Orbit programmable sprinkler timer
Orbit 57894 manual
Use safety grab bar on bathtub
Safety grab bar at Amazon
Bathtub safety grab bars
taking shower instead of bath
Bath uses 20+ gallons water and 15 gallons Hot
Shower 10+ gallons water and 5-6 gallons Hot
Read more about bath-shower water consumption
Uses more water. Uses more hot water.
Requires larger water heater: min 65 gal electric, 50 gal gas
Water temperature has to be hotter so tub water stays hot while filling.
drips and leaks
When hot side faucet drips, then cold water is entering tank at same rate water is dripping out of faucet.
Government drip calculator
Save 1/2 gallon per day:
Save $1-8 per month.
9-ways to save with water heater
No water = No
Much ot today's electricity is made using steam turbine.
Coal-fired power plants use steam to rotate turbine. Steam comes from boiling water.
Oil and gas fired power plants can also use steam to rotate turbine.
Hydroelectric dams use water to rotate turbine
Solar and wind powered electricity use fewer water resources.
What is 3-phase electricity
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