Conserve Water! Conserve Money!

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Many Nashville condo owners, affected by the recent economy and facing possible Home Owner Association dues increase in the new year, may feel helpless to turn the tide of rising expenses. In fact, that's not so.

The dues ‘tide' is composed of many ‘droplets'. Together they swell to form cumulative HOA expenses - fees like building insurance, common area electricity, landscaping, pet services, window cleaning, water and more.

Jeff Barry, filmmaker and host of the Mayor's Green Ribbon Council helps us to see in his movie, Kilowatt Ours, just how much control we individuals have over the costs of our community - energy costs in particular. In an event held at Werthan Lofts last October, Mayor Karl Dean invited Werthan Lofts homeowners to participate in a unique experiment to lower consumption and help Nashville become the Greenest City in the Southeast. He urged a community-wide experiment in conservation.

They are starting with WATER. Many condo residents have you said to themselves, "Who cares if I waste water? I don't pay for it." Oh, but they do pay for it! In many communities water is the 3rd highest expense of the HOA.

If each individual was to cut consumption by only a small amount, the cumulative impact of over an entire community of households would have a huge effect on the bottom line.

There are also hidden water expenses. The Nashville sewer system actually USES electricity to generate water - 10 watts of power for every ‘watt' of water delivered. What's a watt of water? Got me. But it's clear that saving one might be a good thing. And not just for the environment - for our bank accounts, too.

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Tamara Perlman
Referral Network Inc. - Truckee, CA

Hi Kimble--

Great reminder.  I often tell people who are "not so interested" in doing something because it's "green", that they should do it for their own bottom line!

Mar 22, 2009 02:07 PM #1
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

Thank for sharing,  people should alwyas conserve... most don't..

Mar 30, 2009 09:18 AM #2

Fresh water can only become scarcer and go up in price!  I am in Michigan, so I am lucky to be surrounded by it, but it is still getting costly and our freshwater lakes are depleting!  I do all I can to conserve water!  My newest home water conservation addition is a Hot Water Lobster Instant Hot Water Valve.  This thing is great!  It saves a lot of water and my entire home has instant hot water!  I save a lot of time not having to wait for water to heat up at my taps!  I paid $179.95 off the internet for it, which seems quite reasonable!  My water savings will recover it's cost in not too long.  It only took my like 10 minutes to install!

You can't beat that it's made in the U.S.A., has a 10-year warranty, and comes with a money back guarantee!  I surely won't be returning it!  I bought it from:

Mar 31, 2009 03:17 PM #3
Gary J. Rocks
Juba Team Realty - Jefferson Township, NJ


Last year my son's class went on a class trip for an over night to a YMCA camp it was very informative they explained about conserving water. The speaker stated that when water goes into the ground it takes approximately 70 years to filter back out!! More than most peoples life times.

When we came home we installed new shower heads with flow constrictors and are saving water and money. I have to check out that lobster heater William wrote about.

Apr 06, 2009 05:39 AM #4
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