February 17, 2016
By Sharon P. Lewis
Save Water. Wash With Air!
Did you know that you can reduce your monthly water use and save on utility costs by adding aerators to your faucets? It’s one of the fastest payback measures we recommend to housing authorities for their 5-year, HUD-based energy audits.
You can typically purchase a faucet aerator for less than $5 at your local hardware store and the addition of one aerator can save you about a gallon of water per person per day. That’s thousands of gallons of water per person over the lifetime of the aerator. The initial purchase pays back in a few months or less – depending on local water use charges.
Compact Fluorescent or LED?
GE recently announced that they will discontinue making and selling Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs in 2017 in favor of Light Emitting Diode (LED) models. Other lighting manufacturing companies are expected to follow suit. While CFL bulbs have saved an average of about $6/year compared to incandescent bulbs, an LED bulb uses about 250kWh/year less than its CFL counterpart and saves 75% more energy than its incandescent counterpart. Many also prefer the technology of the LED bulbs – as there is no lag time when you flip the switch.
Ultimately, this trend indicates that there will be a larger variety of LED model bulbs available to the public and the price of an LED bulb has decreased every year since it became widely available in 2010. Any bulb at your community can be replaced with an LED model and instant on technology provides a safer public space for your tenants and staff. LED bulbs also mean less maintenance, as most LED bulbs will last a good deal longer than previous technologies – up to 20 years.