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    Countertop Water Distillers

    Anybody have experience with these? I've never heard of them until recently. If it's really CP safe I'd request one for Christmas:

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&c...ed=0CG4Q1QIoAw


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    IMO...

    They are kind of pricey, slow (4hours to make 1 gallon), use alot of energy (800w/hour) = 3200w or 3.2kwh for one gallon. If you don't mind the cost and the electricity usage they are certainly convienent and should produce good quality water low in minerals.

    A small RO filter would produce equally good water much faster and for noticeably less money.
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    You'd be even better off with a solar water distiller... they're pretty easy to make. That is, if you want to make your own distilled water.
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    Some Questions...

    Is it more cost efficient to drive to the store and buy 10 gallons of water a week, then?

    How exactly are RO systems less costly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by i<3carnivores View Post
    Is it more cost efficient to drive to the store and buy 10 gallons of water a week, then?

    How exactly are RO systems less costly?
    Say it costs a buck for a gallon of distilled water, which is an underestimate for me. For ten gallons a week, that's 520 bucks a year. A moderate RO machine costs about 100 bucks, and a 50 dollar filter can last for thousands of gallons. It pays off if you use more than a few gallons a month.
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    Do the math:

    I'm spending $3.00 a week for 10 gallons of water from vending machines. Cost of gas not included. That's $156.00 a year. You can buy a RO unit for that amount. I live in an apartment which is why I haven't bought one, although counter top units are a possibility.

    After that it's just whatever the utility company charges for water and cost of new filters/membranes - maybe $30-100 a year depending on how often you go through filters/membranes.
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    Ah, that makes sense, I suppose.

    My question is, just how do you get 10 gallons of water for $3.00? Like, what brand, what kind of water, because for me, it IS about $1/gallon, so that'd be far superior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by i<3carnivores View Post
    Ah, that makes sense, I suppose.

    My question is, just how do you get 10 gallons of water for $3.00? Like, what brand, what kind of water, because for me, it IS about $1/gallon, so that'd be far superior.
    some water refilling machines give you the option of refilling your jugs with distilled water for like 35 cents (guesstimate). all i know is that the machines are cheaper than buying new gallons every time you need water and that some machines offer distilled water option.
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