This post’s title is one of my favorite Homer Simpson quotes, from the same episode with the great Ned Flanders line, “God speed, little doodle.” Ah, Flanders. Classic.
We don’t use a whole lot of water around here, but since Frankie entered our lives, our water bill has definitely gone up, as well as our other utilities. Which means our water usage has gone up.
Part of this has to do with our use of cloth diapers and washing them in hot water (I always used cold water to wash everything), going back to work and taking daily showers (yes, this didn’t always happen during maternity leave and I’m not ashamed to admit it), washing bottles, etc. So, in the spirit of saving both the planet AND my checkbook, I’ve decided to do a little energy audit around here.
Here’s what I already do to save water:
- Running the dishwasher only when completely full
- Soaking baby bottles and pump parts, to avoid having to scrub dried breastmilk
- Scrubbing baby bottles with soap, and then rinsing (rather than letting the water run the whole time)
- Turning off the water while brushing my teeth
- Only running full loads of laundry, and always washing in cold (except with cloth diapers, because that’s just gross)
- When wetting our cloth baby wipes, I let the sink fill up a little first, and then soak them all at once, rather than letting the water run and run
And here’s what I could do to save even more:
- My little trick of scrubbing bottles and then rinsing? I could do this with all of our dishes, but I don’t. Need to work on that one.
- Employing the old “when it’s yellow, leave it mellow” trick in our, ahem, bathroom. My husband hates when I do this, by the way. So I guess my to-do list should read, “let yellow mellow and ignore husband’s complaints.”
- Use our Brita pitcher more, so I don’t have to let the water run to get a cold glass of water. Plus, the filtered water would be better for me and for baby. I honestly prefer tap water because of pure laziness.
- Shorter showers. This is more a to-do for hubby than for me, since I take surprisingly short showers for a girl (for some reason, Frankie seems to know when I’m taking a shower, and decides to use that time to scream bloody murder). Some people use a timer when they shower – wonder how hubby will feel about this? Which will piss him off more – urine in our toilets, or kicking him out of a nice hot shower? Hmmm….