When we talk about saving water, we mostly talk about saving fresh and sweet drinking water. Earth area is covered about 1/3rd of water but most of this water is in form of hard water of oceans. The house hold water supply is of drinking water and we use this water for every work, even for washing our cars. Now washing cars certainly don’t need clean drinking water and neither can we wash it with hard water as the dissolved salts in the hard water will corrode the metal. Cars and air conditioners are two things that are harming our environment. But now with use of new refrigerant in air conditioners, it has become less harmful and with our tip it’s going to become even better. We have seen water dripping out of air conditioner which we let go in the drain, we can use this water to wash our car. On an average day, an AC can give out 20L of water or even more. This is enough for a not so dirty car and we can always store this water to make 50 – 60L. First of all we need to make sure that AC is serviced and is clean of dust and grime. We can let the water flow for one day so that any remaining dust is also cleaned and then start collecting this water. AC water if collected and stored properly is pure distilled water (but not clean enough to drink due to chances of presence of some dust particles so please do not drink this water or use it for making food etc) which can be very well used to wash cars. Also this water can be mixed with coolant and used in car radiator. Reason of using this water is because since it’s distilled, it’s free from salts which increase metal corrosion and our drinking water contains enough salts and minerals to start corrosion. If you find that you have collected really good clear looking water then you can further filter it and use it for topping up lead acid batteries of your car and inverters.
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