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DON'T DUMP THE DEHUMIDIFIER!

 

This month's tip is from Dave Klemenz of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, February's Green Tip submission winner. Dave wrote:

We capture the water from the basement dehumidifier for reuse as part of the initial fill of laundry water. In the grand scheme of things, this is about 4 gallons per week in the summer, but it is better than sending it down the drain.

Great idea, Dave!  Potable water is a precious resource that we often take for granted in the US, and this is a great way we can all help to save some of it while saving a bit on our water bill as well.  This water can also be used to water houseplants, gardens or landscaping.

If you really want to save potable water and your water bill, don't stop with the dehumidifier!  Use only native vegetation in your landscaping, and collect rainwater for other seasonal watering needs.  Native vegetation is perfectly suited for the local climate and soils, so it will rarely need to be watered or fertilized, saving you time and money.  Of course this won't necessarily work for your vegetable garden or hanging flower baskets, so that's where a simple rain barrel can make up the difference. 

If you have any other suggestions for water saving or recycling, be sure to submit your tip.

Congratulations Dave!

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