I’m talking little victories here, but at my age, any victory is worth celebrating, especially over a problem that has been a bother all my life.
It started out while I was shivering in the shower, waiting for the water to turn hot. The sink is right beside it, and, as George Costanza would say on the Jerry Seinfeld show, “It’s all pipes! All the clean water comes from the same place and all the dirty water goes to the same place.” So I thought by letting the water run hot in the sink, it would also be hot in the shower. I tried it, and it worked!
Then the next step: Waiting for the water to run hot seemed to take forever, so I tried running it into a gallon plastic jug sitting in the sink to see how much running it actually took. Luckily, the gallon jug was just a little below the volume of the cooled-off water standing in the pipes, so once I filled the jug in the sink from the hot tap, the water in the shower was just ready to turn hot. No more questioning, plus I now had a gallon of water in the jug to use to flush the toilet, water plants, or just throw out, whatever I wanted to do. (My wife was surprised to learn the toilet would flush by quickly dumping the entire gallon of water into the bowl.) Plus I could do it all with my clothes on. Victory in many ways!
About a year ago, I was talking with our classmate, Jerry Jerome, about how cheap water is. He fills his backyard swimming pool each year, so the cost is more significant for him. I don’t have a pool.
Here in Delaware, we get charged monthly by blocks of a hundred gallons, and I am usually below the minimum, so it doesn’t pay me to save, but I feel conservation is my civic duty.
Stop by anytime, and I’ll give you a free gallon of water! I shower often, so I usually have several jugs of it on hand. Just bring your own container.