One of the questions I most often get is how much money will a customer save if they install this gadget or that gadget. I installed one of the Ladybug shower start trickle valves into my home shower on march 27th 2010 as a test. It cost me 41.95. The ladybug is a thermostatic valve that works like the thermostat in your car. People often turn on their shower and don’t want to wait for the water to warm up. So they make coffee, brush their teeth, get out their clothes, or feed the dog. All this time the shower is running hot water down the drain, a waste of energy and money. Once the temperature of the valve reaches shower temperature, it automatically shuts off the flow and waits……until you get in the shower and pull the cord. Flow is automatically restored, and you get instant hot water, without wasting hot water, steaming up your bathroom, and costing you money.
I reviewed the July Water bill today and calculated the water and natural gas cost savings per month. My average monthly water consumption has decreased by 1.15m3 per month. Taking into account that my average monthly water usage during the winter was 10.4 M3 per month. After having the shower start valve installed for Just four months I am now using 9.25 M3 per month, even though it is outdoor watering season. I estimate that I am using approximately 1M3 per month right now for outdoor watering, making my actual indoor water usage now at about 8.25 M3 per month. A savings of 2.15m3 per month just from the water valve alone.
Just so you can compare my average water cost 2.05 Canadian Per M3 and my average natural gas cost is 4.10 per GJ. My water cost savings are 4.10 per month and water heating is costing me $3.81 per month. I am saving 8.23 per month. over the rest of the year, assuming that natural gas costs remain the same, I will save $98.76 in utility costs. I know that some of you think in financial terms, so where else can you make a rate of return of 235% in one year. Assuming that costs never go up, just by installing this little device in your shower, a user can save almost a hundred dollars a year. Mow if you really want to save money, try installing the Roadrunner shower head with the trickle valve. this will save an additional 3.8 liters of water for every minute you are in the shower. it retails for 49.95 plus tax and almost triples your average savings. It is a high quality low flow shower head designed to give you a great shower while still saving water. If you have a teenager, that drains the hot water tank every time they get in the shower, change the shower head to the roadrunner and solve the problem. If only this product was available when my kid still lived at home!
This product gets the Green landlord Vote. Stay tuned as next I plan to install watermiser flow restriction devices in my faucets, or a roadrunner shower head.
Being green has changed from something perceived as too expensive, a fad, not worth my attention, to something that is now expected. Green companies are now seen as better companies. In fact those not going green are now seen to be inferior. I fully expect that legislation will be introduced in the next few years, increasing the standards for green buildings. Why not start now?
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Green Concept Property Investments Ltd.
Green Concept property Investments Ltd. is a member of Green landlord Housing Certification Inc. Green concept currently manages a large number of properties in Airdrie, and Carstairs, alberta.
They have undertaken a program to certify as many of their properties as possible within the next year, changing all 23L flush toilets to low flow design, adding programmable thermostats, changing some doors and windows, performing sealing, upgrading insulation where needed, and adding safety features such as carbon Monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers in all of their homes. Their properties can be viewed at