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Summer is definitely here: Trying to keep Tabs on my finances
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Summer is definitely here

May 30th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I don't know exactly when summer starts on the calendar, but for me, it's when I break out the room air conditioner.

I have a relatively expensive in-room unit because the subdivision does not allow window units. However, if it can hold up for a couple more years, I think I will be able to break even with its cost through energy savings.

The unit isn't as powerful as I had hoped either, but when combined with my cheapie box fan, it does the job well enough.

Another thing about the unit is that it also produces a substantial amount of grey water. I do use that to water the plants and flush the toilet, but I tend to get more than I can use still. And when I'm not sure what to do with it, well, I dump it into the bath tub. I wish I can think of other uses though? Can you think of any?

But yeah, happy Summer everybody.

3 Responses to “Summer is definitely here”

  1. patientsaver Says:

    Do you have one of those portable units that you need to vent through a window? That's what I have and not really happy with it. The hose gets very warm and likely releases a lot of heat back into the room, and the hose keeps coming off the back of the unit and doesn't stay right.

  2. Tabs Says:

    Yes! Yes I do. The AC does work, but it's far from efficient.

    Actually, the same is true with my mini-fridge. I thought I could save some power by using a smaller fridge, but it also spews hot air back into the room. Currently, it's unplugged right now because it's making my room too hot, but come winter time, I'll be happy to plug it back in.

  3. Jerry Says:

    Extra grey water could be used for flushing, as you mentioned, and for plants, and you could also use it to wash the car or other things outside (as opposed to running a hose). If you get one of those planters with the water well underneath, they also hold a lot of water and could offer you some insurance against letting it simply go to waste! The Garden Patch ones work really well, I find.
    Jerry

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