Save on utility bills by re-doing your bathrooms - Janice Roosevelt, Ecobroker, ABR, ePRO - MATT FETICK REAL ESTATE TEAM, KELLER WILLIAMS PA & DE- jroosevelt

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Brandywine Valley PARS273421 & De Lic.

Everyone I know is becoming much better about using refillable plastic water bottles instead of buying cases of bottle water and adding to all that plastic mess. But what about other areas of our homes like the bathroom. About 50-60% of our household water supply via the bathroom - showers, toilets and tubs.

To lessen the use, there are a few areas to consider.

Everyone loves a long hot shower, but what is that costing you? Some of the newer system use 80 gallons per minute.  Federal guidelines for a single head shower require 2.5 gallons per minute or less, but you can take it even further and get some that use only 1.6 gallon per minute.  

If you have an older home, each toilet averages about 3.5 gallons per flush- so if you're in the market for a new one, make sure it's a newer low flow toilet which uses about 1/3 less. On average toilets account for about 27% of your water supply annually.

Even faucets are something to consider. Newer fauces use abut 1.5 gallons per minute compared to older modesl which use 2.2 gallons per minute. .

Then there are water heaters - talk to  Green builder Jeff Berlin about this one - because most of us wait around for that water to heat up. You can waste over 6 gallons a day waiting.  Tankless on demand water heaters can fix the problem and you could even get a tax credit.  

So, how to fund these changes? Check out the Green Renovation Loans through FHA (302A)  

For more solutions, give me a call - Janice Roosevelt, Ecobroker, ABR, e-PRO Matt Fetick Real Estate Team - Keller Williams 610-764-3062 or email

Comments (33)

Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Dawn, thanks for stopping by and your comments.

Nov 09, 2010 04:18 AM
Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
ASPM, Marin/Sonoma Home Stager


Thanks for the tips and advice.  We have the low flow toliets and the low flow shower heads.  It does make a difference on our bill and I really don't notice the difference.

Nov 24, 2010 03:58 PM
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Linda, I thinking about redoing my bathrooms and I will definitely get the low flush toilets. Do you have a brand to recommend?

Nov 25, 2010 05:10 AM
Beth and Richard Witt
Long Island Cash Home Buyer - Center Moriches, NY
Long Island Cash Home Buyer 516-330-6940

Good advice for all homeowners.. we too have the low flow toilets and notice no difference in their efficiency...

Jun 22, 2013 01:01 AM
Ilyce Glink
Think Glink Media - Chicago, IL
Best-selling author, award-winning TV/radio host.

Hi Janice, this is great information anyone can pass along, thanks. 


Oct 02, 2013 12:41 AM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Hi Janice,

Very informative blog that we all can use. Water is a valuable commodity in Southern California. Thank you for sharing. Suggested.

Jun 15, 2014 11:19 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Great info and suggestions here.  Many don't think about the bathroom as a way to conserve.  I have heard mixed things on tankless water heaters, thought.

Jun 15, 2014 08:10 PM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

Great tips Janice! We personally can work to conserve water but these updates make it a little bit easier. 

Jun 15, 2014 09:57 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Janice, excellent information for reducing water consumption. Thanks for the update.

Jun 15, 2014 10:42 PM
Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Fountain Hills, AZ
The Oliva Team Arizona Agents

Good Morning and this is a great post!! Keep up the good work and good luck with your business,  E

Jun 15, 2014 10:47 PM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Love my tankless water heater, but they have to be gas in my opinion. The electrics just don't heat the water enough.

Jun 15, 2014 11:22 PM
Jerry Lucas
ABC Legal Docs LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Notary Training, Consulting. Colorado Springs, CO

When I was a young boy, my grandmother had a zero flow toilet.  It was a rural town and houses had an outhouse in the back yard.  It was cold in the winter, but it was energy efficient and saved on utility bills. 

Jun 15, 2014 11:43 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

There are many ways to conserve water, one of our most precious resources.

Jun 15, 2014 11:46 PM
Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Janice, very good information, we all need to find ways to use less of our precious resources such as water. 

Jun 16, 2014 12:04 AM
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Hi Janice. Over 5 years later & this is still a great message and evolving concept. Slowly but surely technology is catching up with the ideas and making conservation much more affordable...

Jun 16, 2014 02:52 AM
Rachel Khoury
Tailwinds Mortgage - Highlands Ranch, CO
Your Wingwoman for Colorado Mortgages

Interesting post.  I am skeptical of modern showers using 80 gallons per minute, especially because that's 32 times what is the federal regulation of 2.5 gallons max.  Could you clarify for me, Janice?  Thanks!

Jun 16, 2014 03:03 AM
Janice Roosevelt
Keller Williams Brandywine Valley - West Chester, PA
OICP ABR, ePRO,Ecobroker

Hi all commenters. This blog was written in 2009 so I am amazed that AR just picked it to feature. Rachel, I couldn't clarify withut further research. Maybe you can . Thanks for commenting and again, amazed that out of the blue, this is getting internet space

Jun 16, 2014 03:43 AM
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

Must be a slow day for featured posts   But I'm glad this was featured, since the information is still quite timely and useful!

Jun 16, 2014 04:18 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Slow days happen,  but good work never gets old, so keep it up. :)



Love and light as always,


Jun 16, 2014 04:27 PM
Ann Nguyen
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Truckee, CA
Lake Tahoe Truckee Homes For Sale

I love my Toto toilet...very efficient and never clogged :-)

Jun 17, 2014 02:52 AM