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Saving Money Using Less Hot Water

January 15th, 2011 at 01:21 pm

When the hubster and I moved into our new-to-us house, there was only a bathtub in the bathroom. The bathroom is designed such that short of major redesign and renovation, putting in a shower is impossible. There is a wooden storage cabinet right above the bathtub faucet.

However, there was also a shower in the basement. It had no shower enclosure and only an extremely moldy shower curtain. The cement flower is sloped so that the water drains into a pipe that goes outside. It is the same pipe that is used by the sump pump. First, we got rid of the moldy shower curtain. Then, we had to buy a new curtain. There were already rings. Well, when we finally got it all put together, it was not how I would usually take a shower, but it does work. I feel pretty confident that because I take pretty short showers (about 7 minutes or so), that we will use substantially less water and gas that we were with taking tub baths.

I feel great about this. Any "extras" that I see we would have normally paid towards our water bill I will put towards our challenge.

Click here to see some pics of a vacation home. Of course, they are not pictures of our house, but the one of the shower looks very similar to ours. Ours is in the basement and the frame the curtain hangs on is made of pvc pipe.

[url]http://www.keylife.com/vacation/homes/275/[/url]

Just to be clear, we don't plan on keeping it this way forever, but we need to pay off some other debts first and fix some other things on the house before we begin to remodel the bathroom. After we replace the ceiling fan/light, we will start saving up to replace the four windows on the back side of the house.

2 Responses to “Saving Money Using Less Hot Water”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Ha, ha, reminds me of the days when I had to take showers in the basement at my in-laws' home. Made me feel kind of weird, but it wouldn't be so bad in your own home.

  2. Jerry Says:

    We are living in SE Europe at the moment, and most people's showers here are open shower heads above slanted floors that lead to a drain. It's slippery, rather dangerous, and not remotely convenient, but it is just how most people shower here... no idea why that is so. I would rather have the insurance of being in the tub or in some sort of basin so the entire floor doesn't need mopping when I'm done, and the toilet paper doesn't get soaked, etc. etc. But then again, they didn't ask me. Smile Jerry

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