So you’ve just moved into your new condo and you want to hit the ground running in terms of energy and water conservation.
But you’re realizing that it’s not quite as simple as when you owned a single-family home. You’re now beholden to your fellow owners with respect to improvements that may affect common building elements, like removing siding to blow in insulation, and you can no longer make decisions relating to this as a “free-agent.” Now you have your condo board to answer to.
Fear not, there are still many ways that you can make improvements to your own unit, without affecting other owners or those shared building elements. Some of these are simple and inexpensive, others a bit more difficult, but rest assured that there are many improvements that you can make as soon as you take the condo keys.
Let’s begin with water conservation. Addinglow-flow shower heads and faucet aerators are in the low-hanging fruit category here. These improvements save energy as well as water by helping to reduce hot water use, in addition to cold water.
Repairing toilet and faucet leaks, especially in hot water faucets, can also net substantial savings. To get an idea of how much water a simple faucet drip wastes, check out this drip calculator at www.awwa.org/awwa/water wiser/dripcalc.cfm.