Tips for green living

By
Real Estate Agent with Colfax Realty Group

Many older shower-heads use three or four gallons per minute of water., while some new ones use as little as 1.6 gallons  per minute.

In Miami Dade County, learn ways to conserve one of our most precious resources by checking out the links below:

High efficiency- cost saving showerhead exchange program 

http://www.miamidade.gov/wasd/Showerhead-Program.asp

Order a water conservation kit

http://www.miamidade.gov/wasd/conserve-kit-form.asp

With faucets, install low-flow aerators that mix air with the water and can significantly reduce water use: a bathroom faucet  may need no more  than half a gallon per minute, compared  with the standard 2.5 gallons per minute.

Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL)  can last up to 10 times longer than the incandescent ones and use a quarter of the energy of standard fixtures. CFL's are especially well suited for stairways,entries, or other places with lights that stay on continually.

Extra insulation eliminates drafts and boost more energy efficiency , resulting in lower heating bills during cold weather.

Energy star program: you can visit www.energystar.gov for detailed do it yourself instructions on how to perform an audit to find areas where you can improve your home's energy efficiency.

 

 

Comments (6)

Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Hi Maria,  I have the new lightbulbs and had my home well insulated before winter hit..I don't have the new showerhead...yet.  Thank you for the reminder.
Jan 24, 2008 10:39 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services
Nice tips -- When I lived in San Francisco we had the shower heads and low flow toilets in California for many years -- I now live in New Hampshire and things are starting to catch on here as well.  Every little bit helps.
Jan 24, 2008 10:45 AM
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Lots of good ideas and links here to help the environment and save money. This is the kind of information that adds value to the agent/client relationship.
Jan 24, 2008 10:55 AM
Maria Borci
Colfax Realty Group - Doral, FL
P.A., TRC, REO - Doral Pinecrest FL Real Esta

Carole  get your new showerhead asap! I have mine and I am saving a lot already.

Joan- thanks for reading my post

John- I agree- the more you keep them informed the better to mantain an open comunication with your client

 

 

Jan 24, 2008 12:05 PM
Emily Johnston
Keller Williams Realty - Rancho Bernardo, CA

Maria-

I LOVE my low-flow "rain bath" showerhead. I've had is for several years now. All of my home's showerheads and toilets are low-flow.

I've also read that washing clothes on the regular setting (instead of permanent press) uses less water.  And adjusting your sprinkler settings can save a ton!

FL's been in a drought since I can remember... it's important that everyone take steps to conserve... and not just in FL! I do my best!!

Thanks for your post and the helpful links!

~Emily

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Jan 24, 2008 01:08 PM
Maria Borci
Colfax Realty Group - Doral, FL
P.A., TRC, REO - Doral Pinecrest FL Real Esta

Emily

Yes, we are in severe drought. I hope everybody takes this seriously- we need to.

Thanks for your comments.

Jan 24, 2008 01:27 PM