As California's drought continues, water becomes ever more precious. This summer let's dual-purpose our AC units. We can still run them to keep our homes cool. Let's also capture what would otherwise go down the drain to water our yards and gardens.
by Cameron Tinsler on January 24th, 2015, 9:02 am PST. This Ivia has been viewed 3,412 times.
The San Francisco Bay Area is about to finish its third dry January in a row. How dry? January usually brings over four inches of rain to San Francisco. This year there's been none.
As spring arrives and area temperatures climb, many of us will be reaching for the thermostat to cool off. Did you know a home's central AC can collect five to 20 gallons of condensate water per day? This adds up to more than 300 gallons per month in the summer.
Redirecting this water from drains to thirsty gardens has several benefits. Water--that the homeowner is paying to pull out of the air--is put to use rather than wasted. That's five to 20 gallons per day you don't have to buy from the utility. And in times of water restrictions your garden can still be a lush oasis.