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Saving Water using Water: The Dehumidifer

August 20th, 2007 at 09:07 pm

It's been a dry summer here in Beanland, but my flowers look great and my water bill is low. My secret: I use the water from the basement dehumidifier for the plants.

The benefits are numerous:

1.) I don't use municipal water, hence saving money.

2.) The water is chlorine free. This water could be better for the plants; but I admit to not knowing if this is true.

2.) The dehumidifier gets emptied regularly. Yes, this means it runs more, but my stinky basement and the stuff I keep in it benefit.

3.) I water more frequently since I can't bear to put the dehumidifier water down the drain. This has resulted in me hearing the dehumidifier shut off at 10pm and then promptly going outside to water in my pajamas. On the upside, it doesn't take me long since the tank is ~ 2 gallons (not to mention that less water is lost to evaporation when you water in the evening!)

The water in the tank perfectly fills my watering can. I start at one side of the garden and work my way over systematically with each full tank. As you might guess, my garden isn't huge, but it works for me!

2 Responses to “Saving Water using Water: The Dehumidifer”

  1. fern Says:

    Great recycling idea, but one word of caution for others...be sure your dehumidifier is an energy-efficient model, or your electric rates will be sky high. That's what happened to me when i bought one from Home Depot. My monthly electric bills were really high and i kept trying to figure out why...the culprit was the dehumidifier. I bought an energy-efficient one online and it's made a huge difference.

    Another idea would be to recycyle rainwater runoff from your roof with your own or store-bought barrel that's outfiited to hook up to your drainpipe, with a lid so mosquitos don't lay eggs on the water surface.

  2. threebeansalad Says:

    Good point, Fern. Mine is energy efficient, but it still is an energy hog. I definitely notice a difference in the electric bill during the winter when I don't use it.

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