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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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