Everyone talks about water efficiency and rebates, but not many home owners property managers realize the huge savings and environmental benefits associated with upgrading to more water efficient fixtures. Anyone can easily cash in on cutting water usage while helping their community become more environmentally friendly.
If you’re hesitant about the upfront cost of retrofitting, don’t fret! There are plenty of government rebates that allow you to receive financial assistance to implement water-efficient systems. Here are some of the best ideas available for even the biggest water hogs:
Toilets. Replace your old toilets with a dual flush or low-flow toilets. These dual flush toilets can reduce the typical 1.60 gallons per flush to a reduced 1.28 gpf. If you replace your toilet, you are eligible for a $75-$100 rebate. Just this simple fix will save you $1,000 in water and sewer charged over 10 years.
Laundry. Apartment communities can save 330% more water, or 8,216 gallons of water, per year per unit by using a common-area laundry room instead of an in-unit washing machine. Giving tenants the responsibility of using community laundry facilities make the tenants use the machines smarter and more efficiently.
Irrigation. Rain water is free, why not utilize it as much as possible? Install smart controllers that will turn off when its raining and only turn on when the grounds really need watering. Plus, be sure to install drip sprinkler heads to reduce the overall cost of irrigation.
Showers and Faucets. According to a recent study, approximately 73% of water used in a typical shower is hot water. Low flow shower heads and faucet aerators can reduce water consumption. Reducing water consumption not only reduces the amount of water used, which saves overall water usage, but it also reduces hot water usage. The hot water usage is especially important as this is the most costly water. Installing high-efficiency shower heads will save about 7,800 gallons of water per year in an average household! That is an absolutely amazing number.
Kitchens. Energy Star dishwasher models save both water and energy. There are cash incentives up to $3,000 for replacing inefficient kitchen equipment with water-efficient equipment.
Be sure to give Elite Home Remodeling a call today to find out how we can help you with your new renovations and remodeling projects as well as how we can help you save the environment while saving money!