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Old 02-23-2011, 01:02 AM
 
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What types of devices have you come across that have helped you to save money on utility bills and on other things?


Here's a device I found out about called a fill cycle diverter. It's supposed to save you money on your water bill. Here's how it works.





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Old 02-23-2011, 01:10 AM
 
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I've also installed a shower head with a cut off switch. I can cut off the shower water as I'am lathering up.
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:16 AM
 
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the fill cycle diverter CAN save you money as long as the bowl still has enough water to carry solid waste away. once you take away too much water from the bowl youll start flushing 2-3 times for a good poop and all of your savings has just left.

i like my clothesline.

i also bought an attachment for my electric dryer that puts that hot humid air back into my dry house. i love that thing.
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:26 AM
 
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Many electrical devices consume electricity all the time even though they are off (TVs, etc). What you can do is put them on power strips to stop this stealth electrical usage--when you shut off the power strip it shuts off the electrical usage completely.

I would suggest a Kill-a-Watt meter to measure how much electricity your electrical devices are using (you can get it at places like Amazon, etc). Some devices operate intermittently like refrigerators and this device measures electrical usage (KWH) over time. For example I estimated my refrigerator was costing $130 a year, so I replaced it with one using less than $50 worth of electricity a year.
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Old 02-23-2011, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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At my current water rates, I would have to save three gallons of water to save a penny. Or three gallons every day for three months to save a dollar.

The pipes from my water heater to my faucet hold a little more than a half a gallon, so every time I need to run hot water, it cost me abut 1/5c while waiting for the water to run hot. I try to use that to rinse things, while waiting for hot.

The cost of reheating that water is partly irrelevant, because if I had not run it, it would have cooled anyway and the thermostat would have maintained it at my default setting.

The overall cost of my water and electric, not counting seasonal heating and cooling, is about $2 a day. That includes monthly service charges, so my usage is probably more like $1.50 a day. Trying to adjust that by a fraction of a penny per occasion does not seem worth a great deal of effort.

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Old 02-23-2011, 11:19 AM
 
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the fill cycle diverter CAN save you money as long as the bowl still has enough water to carry solid waste away. once you take away too much water from the bowl youll start flushing 2-3 times for a good poop and all of your savings has just left.
What would you recommned as a better alternative? I've recently put a jug filled with water in my tank,is that better?
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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My finger : Great for turning off light switches when not in room.
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:51 AM
 
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I don't pay for utilities directly (my landlord charges a fixed amount every week) so I have little incentive to make serious investments in water or energy saving devices. However, I'm still very mindful of turning off lights or the heat and conserving water..
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:46 PM
 
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For me I have found a vacuum food saver has saved me a lot as I can buy when things are on sale (especially meat & chicken) and freeze it for a much longer time. Usually by the time I have used all this up, there is another sale so it has been a win-win situation for me.
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Old 02-23-2011, 01:25 PM
 
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What would you recommned as a better alternative? I've recently put a jug filled with water in my tank,is that better?
the splitter you showed isnt a bad idea as long as your toilet can support it. i wouldnt mind trying it out. just play with it and see what works. if you waste 5 flushes finding the right notch and then use it for 5 years, id think it paid for itself.

the jug does help, i try to stay with the septic tank rule. "if its yellow its mellow, if its brown flush it down". and if im getting ready to take a shower im not gonna pee in the toilet, the shower drain goes to the same place and urine helps prevent athletes foot. honest.
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