Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Get Clean and Green



Nothing feels better on a cold, fall morning than a nice hot shower but did you ever think about how much CO2 that shower is producing? Showers account for approximately 30 percent of household hot water use and can produce over 1,000 pounds of CO2 per year. Electric powered water heaters can produce even more CO2 if you live in an area where electricity is generated from a coal fired plant.

So what can you do? Try limiting the time you spend in the shower under the hot water. As my dad used to say, "Do what you gotta do and get out."

Install a high efficiency showerhead.

Have you had your water heater more than 2 years? Contact your plumber and have it checked to see if it's time for a new one. Sediment and calcium build up inside your water heaters tank lowering it's efficiency and require the burner to be on longer to heat the water.

Have your kids recently moved off to college or out of the house? Ask your plumber if downgrading to a smaller water heater or a tankless model is an option. Smaller tanks don't require the burner to be on as long before the water is the proper temperature. Tankless models heat the water "as-you-need-it" using far less energy.

To see how much CO2 you generate in the shower check out thegreenguide.com's CO2 calculator.

Photo courtesy of Oxygenics.com.

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