Yesterday we received a comment asking how we manage our showers and tanks. We do a lot of the same things everyone else does, but then we also have a few tricks up our sleeves that I figured I could share.
The primary thing to remember is never let a faucet just run, and don’t turn it on full force!
In the Kitchen:
– We keep a big bowl in our sink to catch the water. Then depending on how long until our next dump, we either put the water from the bowl into our toilet or per the TreadLightly.org website, we scatter it outside. (We also use biodegradable, non-toxic soap).
– Rinsing food can take up a lot of water. So instead of rinsing directly through a strainer, I put the produce or beans in a bowl and cover it with water, strain then repeat.
In the Shower:
– We catch the water from the shower head while we wait for the water heat up and then give it to Curtis to drink.
– Use a water bowl for shaving.
In the Bathroom:
– We wash our hands so much that we do a mix of real hand washing and hand wipes.
– I find facecloths to be a little too abrasive, so before all the boondocking I used to wash my face by just splashing water on it (which wastes a ton of water). I’ve since revisited the face cloth and found that it saves a lot of water. To avoid irritation, I just press the cloth against my face rather than wiping it across my skin. I’ve also tried face wipes, but haven’t found a brand I love.
– WheelingIt: Going “Water-Green” = Conserving Water on the Road
– Riveted Blog: Resource Conservation
– WeaselMouth: Instant-Off Water Faucet Aerators
Do you have any water conservation tips we could use?
Dinner Last Night:
Yesterday was the final day of the 2 weeks with no menu plan. It was kind of a fun adventure in cooking, but really I prefer a plan. I happened to have the supplies for Vegan Richa’s Doritos Cream Sauce, which was really tasty over pasta served with a salad.
2014 Cost of Camping:
1 night paid camping
65 nights free camping
66 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $17
Daily average cost of camping: $0.26