Posted by nicksanspam on June 8, 2006, 12:19 pm
And some electrical energy, compared to a draindown system or one with
an overhang for shading or a thermostatic valve or an overflow loop that
lets glycol expand upwards and flow downwards through a fin-tube pipe
to dissipate heat as required.
Posted by Mary Fisher on June 8, 2006, 1:49 pm
Hmm ... that's something to consider.
We're going through a heat wave at the moment, we have a cylinder full of
water at over 60C (150F) and no demands on it. I think I'll have a l-o-n-g
bath tonight. I've been gardening and am filthy as well as sweaty.
You didn't want to know that :-)
Posted by Mary Fisher on June 8, 2006, 1:46 pm
I was impressed by the use of grey water in the toilets I used in BC.
Mostly vegetable washing water, no soaps or detergents in it. I keep a large
vessel on the doorstep and empty the bowl into it. We did try saving washing
water but it stank after a short time and was slimy. I also save the 'dead
leg' water from running the hot tap in a morning, that's used to flush the
wc. Not directly though, it's a bit of a faff, the citern lid is removed and
the handle pushed. As soon as the mains starts to re-fill the cistern the
saved water s poured in until the stopcock - float - is back to normal. Fun!
Quite. It's important, I feel, to keep the butts covered or alfae grow in
I like that!
Ours is a direct system, no glycol involved. We have a small garden, the
cost of burying piping would be horrendous, it would have to be very deep
to accommodate it. Believe me, if we had more land we'd use a heat exchange
Posted by Thomas Flannigan on June 8, 2006, 4:41 pm
Some very interesting posts here. I had thought of the hardware store
on off timer as well. If I go this route I'll be sure to test it to
make sure the fitting is secure so I don't come home to a basement full
of hot water. This would do some triple duty by draining the bottom of
the backup water heater of sediment, into the sump, which would then
pump the water out onto the compost heap. My guess is running it even 2
or 3 minutes a day might help keep the system from overheating.
I live in suburban Chicago where we have tons of water but I believe
in water conservation too and we try not to waste any water. I bought a
rain barrel and am waiting for the diverter. If it ever comes I have to
install it (fingers crossed) and we should have rain water for the
organic vegetable garden next to the compost heap.
We have a 2 year old and 4 year old so there is no shortage of dirty
sheets and laundry to fire up the front loader
Posted by Mary Fisher on June 8, 2006, 4:45 pm
Good for you!
It's easy and they really do work.
The mention of your compost reminds me that not much man-made liquid goes
into our w.c.
I remember it well <sigh>
It will get better ...
... but it will get worse before it gets better!