04-16-2012, 05:28 AM
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A few things to set the stage.

This is my house. The boiler/water heater is in the back left corner of the garage. My shaving bathroom is on the second floor in the back middle of the house.

   

It takes a long time for hot water to get to the bathroom faucets. I also have a well and septic. I figure the less water I pump out of the ground and into the septic system the better. So I use the following method to use less water.

First off I shave BEFORE I shower.
Blasphemey for many but it works for me. I heat a quart of water in the microwave while I walk the dogs.
Today I used my Weber ARC and Portman Square Notting Hill soft shave soap that I transferred to a pewter bowl.

   

I pour the hot water into the lather bowl and sink. I use my brush to wet my face. The time I spend doing this allows the later bowl to get good and hot.

   

I load my brush and make my lather in the bowl. I then put the bowl in the sink of hat water. I commence with my shave.

   

Leaving the bowl in the sink assures nice warm lather for the duration of my shave. I rinse the razor in the sink.

   

I rinse the sink and shaving gear and take a shower to rinse myself.

Phil

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 04-16-2012, 05:41 AM
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  • Johnny
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Sounds like a good plan to me.

I want your house.Biggrin

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 04-16-2012, 06:08 AM
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  • Songwind
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This is pretty much what I do except I use hot water from the tap instead of heating it in the microwave.

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 04-16-2012, 06:35 AM
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  • TexBilly
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Good tips for everyone and my household certainly uses a lot of water. I used to heat water in my electric kettle but put it away when I stopped using scuttles. Thanks for reminding me it can serve another purpose.

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 04-16-2012, 06:51 AM
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(04-16-2012, 05:41 AM)Johnny Wrote: Sounds like a good plan to me.

I want your house.Biggrin

Sounds like a great opportunity for a PIF! Laughing1

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 04-16-2012, 07:03 AM
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  • Kostas
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It works and it's eco-friendly. Not bad.

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 04-17-2012, 07:32 AM
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I run hot tap water into the sink and also the mug so I can soak the brush while I shower.

Once out of the shower, I empty the mug and sink and run more hot water, make my lather and just use the water in the sink to rinse the razor.

Of course I do use more water to rinse the mug, sink and brush after the shave but I use a combo of hot and cold running water.

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 04-17-2012, 12:53 PM
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Well done, Phil! What a great conservationist! Beautiful house, sir!

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 04-27-2012, 11:56 AM
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Great post. Beautiful house.

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 04-28-2012, 11:38 AM
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Very nice. I've been doing much the same thing, but I was running water until hot in the sink. That usually takes a minute. Never thought to use the microwave. Duhh! I'll have to give that a try.

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 04-28-2012, 12:19 PM
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Here is my solution to running excess hot water.
I have on of these in the bathroom.

[Image: HotPot_3_md.jpg]

It has a temperature control if I want from warm to boiling (if need be).

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 05-01-2012, 11:49 AM
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  • RedRocks
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I, too, live on a well & septic. A guy certainly learns H2O conservation when he makes & disposes of his own water (& stuff)!

An alternative, of course, is an on-demand water heater in the bathroom. I have explored that possibility once or twice, but is a rather spendy alternative.

~Frank

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 05-01-2012, 12:46 PM
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I just shave with cold water so no need to heat anything up. Smile

Nice strategy and execution, Phil.

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 05-25-2012, 10:06 AM
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  • wlmcad
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(04-28-2012, 12:19 PM)GDCarrington Wrote: Here is my solution to running excess hot water.
I have on of these in the bathroom.

[Image: HotPot_3_md.jpg]

It has a temperature control if I want from warm to boiling (if need be).

Not a bad idea, you've given me another item to add to my "Acquisitions List".

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