Save money AND the environment when making tea and coffee.

environment - waterfall
@deeeky (3667)
Edinburgh, Scotland
April 14, 2008 6:30am CST
Most people grab the kettle and put it under the water tap to fill it with water so that they can boil the water before making a cup of tea or other hot beverages. When they have made thier hot drink there is still water, that has been boiled, left in the kettle to go cold again. 'what a waste!' Why not just use what you need by putting the amount that you need in a mug or cup, THEN putting that amount in the kettle to boil. If you do this several times a day, which accumulates to several thousands a year, you will have saved money PLUS helped to save energy. What do YOU do, save or waste?
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@paid2write (5201)
14 Apr 08
Quite right. I never put much water into my kettle. I only fill it to the minimum mark, which is enough to make 2 mugs of tea or coffee. If I am only making one drink, I use the rest of the hot water from the kettle to clean something or keep it and use it to wash the mug after I have finished my drink.
@deeeky (3667)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
14 Apr 08
Sounds a very practical way of using the energy. Well done, keep it up!
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I will pour any remainder into the closed sink to soak any dirty dishes etc. Ot after it sits awhile I will use it to water the houseplants if needed. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@deeeky (3667)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
14 Apr 08
Another good idea Bob! as the water that has been boiled has got rid of the impurities making the water much clearer and benificial to the plants.
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
14 Apr 08
We try to not put a lot of water in the kettle. When I make big pitchers of iced tea I just use hot tap water.
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@deeeky (3667)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
14 Apr 08
The reason that we boil water is to get rid of the impurities that are in the water and are killed through boiling for at least ten seconds.
@sedel1027 (17851)
• United States
14 Apr 08
Here is the US, water is pretty clean. We keep our water heater pretty war so when you let the water heat up all the way, it really hot already. If you put that water in a pot, it takes less than a minute to boil.
@webeishere (36351)
• United States
14 Apr 08
The only time I fill my kettle is if there are more than a few cups to be drunk at once. Otherwise I put the cup of water into the microwave to conserve the gas. A lot cheaper for 45 to 60 seconds in the microwave then having the gas stove on for 5 or more to boil the water. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@deeeky (3667)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
14 Apr 08
Very practical Bob! But does the microwave save energy? And if so, why not put three or as many that can fit in the microwave at once?
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@webeishere (36351)
• United States
14 Apr 08
One cup takes about 45 seconds in the microwave on the average to heat it for tea or whatever. The stove takes about 5 minutes to get it hot enough. Electricity is cheaper than gas so therefore it is cheaper. I do put 2 or 3 cups at once in the nuke for this purpose. If I have company like I did the other day I make a teakettle of water then. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!~
@deeeky (3667)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
14 Apr 08
If electric is cheaper than gas (and quicker) have you thought of changing your gas to electric?
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@Darkwing (21586)
14 Apr 08
I don't have to go through the rigmarole of measuring the water out in a cup, but I have been keeping my kettle down to only the water I need at any one time. How? Simple... I bought a kettle with a cl and litre measure between beneath the handle, which shows the level of the water in the kettle, plus the measurement. It's a bit like a measuring jug really. So, the answer to your question is, I save! The only thing I waste on, is my bath water. I leave the hot tap running slowly, to keep the bath to temperature whilst I soak. Brightest Blessings, my dear friend. x
@deeeky (3667)
• Edinburgh, Scotland
14 Apr 08
You are doing exactly as I have suggested but with a modern kettle which can have the right measure that you can choose from and do it without much fuss. Well done! Not only that but the kettle can switch itself off after the required time of boiling to rid off the impurities in the water.
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@Darkwing (21586)
14 Apr 08
I have a confession to make... I always use a mug to measure the water into the coffe maker, though.