Sunday, April 15, 2018

Electronic Dishwasher vs. Hand Washing

If you're looking for the article on grey water recycling, it is here

I found that hand washing dishes can be more efficient, but only if one doesn't leave the water running while washing the dishes.  So, if you can, hand wash dishes, but only turn the water on to rinse them off, otherwise, it's more efficient to use an electronic dishwasher.  You can read below to see how I arrived at this conclusion.

1:  We moved and our new place has a dishwasher.  I don't recycle water much at all anymore, except maybe the rinse water, which I reuse in our tiny garden.  I recycled once, maybe twice since we've lived here, when I felt compelled to wash dishes by hand; it is infrequent.  I do, however, use the energy saving mode on our dishwasher, and I don't use heated drying, opting instead to open the dishwasher up when it's done and let it air dry.  Usually that's not quite enough, especially for plastics, so I dry it with a towel before putting the dishes away.

2:  I don't really use the dishwasher anymore.  I found it to be slower and more water intensive.  Really, I find it only useful if there are too many dishes and too little time, but this too could probably be remedied.  Perhaps watching less T.V.

3:  I started thinking more about the efficiency of the dishwasher.  I thought to myself: "that bucket I used for grey water recycling is like 2 gallons, I used to capture about one bucket full, or 2 gallons worth, when I would recycle".  Of course, it didn't capture everything, because I would only capture the grey water during the final rinse cycle.  This being said, I figured I could double it to calculate how much water I used total when washing dishes, for a rough estimate.  This would be 4 gallons.  2 gallons for the initial rinse, and another 2 gallons for the final rinse, which would be a wash like it said on TreeHugger.com, in terms of water usage.

As far as electricity is concerned, I think it makes sense to not use electricity from the grid if possible, since our diet is pretty much set; we already use coupons and buy what's on sale, you know?  It's like, we're not going to change our diet to reduce our carbon footprint a minimal amount, and risk our well being.  After all, one of my energy efficiency instructors at Santa Monica College did say "People, Planet, Profit", because people are the most important, then comes planet, then comes profit.

So, I'll try to find a way to measure my current water usage, and if it is more than 4 gallons, start using the dishwasher more often, or try harder to wash dishes without the water running.

Of course, I have to say, that one reason I do prefer washing by hand is not having a smelly dishwasher with dirty dishes sit for a day because we're trying to fill it up.  Anyway, I'll keep you all posted.

4:  All right, so I did some measurements.  I measured the volume of our sink, and got 30 cups or about 7.5 quarts or about 1.8 gallons.  The measurement was pretty accurate.  I filled up the sink while washing dishes, leaving the water running, then used a 2 cup measuring cup to empty the sink while counting each water extraction, being careful to try each time for it to be 2 cups.  I think I did a pretty good job, within 1 cup of accuracy, and measured 30 cups.  So yeah, 1.8 gallons was for about 1/4 of a dishwasher load, so leaving the water running liberally while doing dishes resulted in about 7.2 gallons of water being used, so definitely use the dishwasher if you're going to leave the water running. 

I did figure, that if I could leave the water off while scrubbing the dishes, and only use the water to rinse the soapy dishes that are in the sink, I could cut water usage by a little more than half, based on the sink measurements I took while using the "water running" dish washing process, so 7.2 gallons divided by 2 is 2.4 gallons.  This is less than the 4 gallon average of the electronic dishwasher.  So if you're going to leave the water off when you're not rinsing your dishes, it makes sense to wash by hand and not use the dishwasher.

Monday, January 29, 2018

JB Kwik for Repairs

Reduce, reuse, recycle!

If you have broken things, such as ceramic, plastic, and metal objects, you may want to try JB Kwik out, it's an epoxy from the maker of JB Weld.  Here is their website.

I've used it to repair broken cutlery, mugs, and decorative items. 

If you're going to try it, you may need to be creative with where you apply it, so that it makes a strong bond.

Peace, hope, and love to you.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Why Cooking Rice or Spaghetti in a Microwave Should Be Avoided

If you have a microwave you may have come to realize that it's possible to cook rice and/or spaghetti in it.  The problem is, that most microwaves don't have the ventilation necessary to make cooking humid dishes such as these sustainable because the moisture that builds up inside the microwave will ruin the
integrated circuits that power the control pad.  Unfortunately, I have first hand experience with this.  So, though it may save energy in the short term, cooking wet dishes in the microwave isn't recommended unless you're sure that your microwave ventilates properly.

Peace, hope, and love to you.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Why Vegetarianism Isn't a Green Solution

Unfortunately, though vegetarianism might be better for the planet, in so far as it will reduce green house gas emissions, it really isn't a green solution because of pernicious anemia, a condition that affects the nervous system and the heart as a result of a vitamin B12 deficiency.

Though it may be that taking a vitamin supplement is sufficient to maintain a vegetarian lifestyle, I'm personally reluctant to do so.  There are several reasons.  For one, the idea of food as pills and vice versa seems wrong to me.  I mean, I don't believe it's possible for pills to replace food altogether, and since this is the case it makes me wonder if pills can really replace any food.  There's also the concept of "phytochemicals", which may be enzymes, probiotics, minerals, or even vitamins that may be missing from a pill but not from food.  There are also cross sectional religious reasons to continue eating meat, Dharmadatu from Buddhist mythology, and fish consumption in the gospels.

So, if you must be vegetarian, at the very least, take a B12 vitamin daily, but for me, I would need a very compelling reason to do so, and if you know any vegetarians, make sure they're getting the vitamin B12 they need.  If anybody reading this knows Janeane Garofalo, let her know, I read she may be a vegetarian.

Toilet Paper

For Mature Audiences Only:

Have you ever needed toilet paper on a camping trip, and didn't have any?  If you've had this problem, regular paper will get the job done.  The trick is to crumble it for softening, then straighten it out again to get more surface area.  Unfortunately, the durability of regular paper means you probably shouldn't flush it down a toilet.

Anyway, best of luck to you.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Better Things



Did a repair on my black tennis shoe.  If you look closely you can see the shine from the hot glue.  I used a piece of handle bar tape from the old bicycle to cover a hole that had formed.

The braided tassels weren't braided before.  Took a couple of hours I think, I had time, so I braided them all.  Now it looks neater (thanks to a friend who visited us for giving me the idea).



I got inspired by the TV show "Better Things".  Made me think of things I could do, while I was home, alone, doing God knows what.  Maybe laying on the couch staring at the ceiling.  Peace, hope, and love to you.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Does Your TV Have an Energy Saving Mode?





Do the screen shots say it all?  Is everybody already doing this?  My wife used to hate when I would turn down the brightness using this setting, but it isn't very hard to do.  I would reset it for her if she wanted to come home and watch TV and was too tired to do it herself.  Incidentally, you can disable the boot logo through this configuration menu as well, which will reduce power consumption too, and thereby reduce green house gas emissions, but that goes without saying, right?  

If you're worried about your remote batteries, you could get some rechargeables.

Peace, hope, and love to you.

Update:  I don't really use this feature very often, instead, I just turn it off.