6/11/10 Update: I got a comment from author Leah Ingram on this post and in all fairness, once she explained the reason for the dehumidifier was that she had a damp basement (I can relate there) and needed it anyway, her point of view made a little more sense. I still stand by my toilet comment but again, in all fairness, she did say she used the water for plants as well. That makes me feel better. Thanks to Leah for stopping by my little blog, offering her side of the story and having a good sense of humor about it.
So last night I was reading another one of my 'frugal' books and I had to laugh out loud. The book Suddenly Frugal, How to live a happier and healthier life by Leah Ingram had a couple of things that I found just plain stupid. In chapter 3, Appliances that Don't Suck...Energy, That Is, she writes about using a dehumidifier to get free water. First, I am on a well so my water is already free to me but I went on to read. She writes:
Speaking of water, I wanted to share with you how my dehumidifier, which I run in the summer to help me keep my house cool, has become a free source of water for me. Here are some of the ways I use that free water to save money on my water bill overall.
- Pour it into the washing machine as I'm filling a load.
- Use it to flush the toilets. The force of the water being dumped "flushes" the toilets without my having to touch the handle.
- Fill the kitchen sink with the water to let the dirty dishes soak.
- Dump it in the swimming pool.
I'm sorry but I find this very odd. If I recall correctly, dehumidifiers are pretty expensive to run for a long period of time and this sounds like she is running it all day. The part about flushing toilets is just gross. If you are that cheap, uh, I meant frugal, maybe you should just go outside in the yard like your dog.
I think the next party we have, I am going to ask guests to use buckets of collected rain water to flush after using the bathroom. We can call it a social experiment.