Thinking through heat in the house as winter and gas prices kick in.
Current idea is to get a second hand hot water bottle, and fill it with the leftover hot water from the washing up.
Would washing up liquid and food particles degrade the rubber though? Should I "upgrade" to something more ceramic?
@simsa04 Thanks, good practical advice there. I'm definitely thinking more about personal heating ("microheating"? :) to try to minimise wider heating systems at least.
For vinegar washes, you mean pour in just neat vinegar, then rinse with boiling water, and repeat?
@simsa04 That's cool, ta. I've used diluted white vinegar to clean things before - we're in a very chalky area. Does the concentrate you use smell very vinegary? Do you mask that with anything if so?
In our house, we have a practice of letting shower water accumulate in the bathtub, and just letting that sit and dissipate heat until it gets cold. I have no idea how much energy this saves, but it feels like it ought to be some. Possibly some humidification benefits too.
It sounds like you want something that you can use to heat a bed or something, though? I'm not sure how I'd approach that. Maybe a stainless steel water bottle? I'd definitely want something that was very easy to clean.
@dynamic A hot water bottle feels the simplest, most portable form of heat. Although I was also wondering about residual oven heat too - maybe some sort of heat brick that I can leave in after dinner to absorb the heat, ready for later in the evening.
Leaving washing water sitting there is an interesting idea. In theory the warmth should go into the room as it cools rather than down the drain. And I've heard tips to leave a bowl of steaming water in a child's room if they're ill...
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