People often say that real estate dies during the holiday and that is far from the truth.In Portland, closings don't even drop by half when you compare the top month of the Summer to December!But
Household water saving tip!
I recently purchased a newer and bigger home, where my utility costs were a concern of mine. I decided to only use LED lighting which did help me realize a small energy savings. However, I really wanted to see savings in my water bill, and after seeing a 35% water bill savings, I am telling the world!
Energy costs are a big part of home ownership and it is one of the only bills that is directly affected by our own personal usage. Earlier blogs mention the use of smart home technology, that can be used in conjunction with energy saving efforts, like having lights turn on or off automatically. Smart water heaters are now a thing, and thermostats are helping keep temps regulated. There is nothing smart about controlling water consumption however.
Water costs are a little harder to control, you can save some money from the sewer costs by having a water catching mechanism if its allowed in your county. This can save you about $10 a month for not using the city sewer system for catching rain run off. You can also control the rate and flow of your water during consumption; ie: less time in the shower, choosing the speed wash for dishes or laundry and not using water to defrost food. Another way I was able to unlock about 35% savings was using faucet aerators I found for under $5 at The Home Depot.
The standard is 2.2 GPM (Gallons Per Minute) and is the most common aerator you will find, upgrading to this will give you a solid flow that mirrors what you would expect from a normal faucet. The most regulating flow is 0.5 GPM, this offers a water flow that is made up of about 15 “jets” that give little water pressure but will great reduce your water consumption, I could see this being best used in a child’s bathroom where water may be wasted if left on accidentally. The most useful flow rating I have found is between 1 and 1.5 GPM, it has good water pressure and has so far reduced my water bill by almost 35%. I replaced all 4 bathroom faucets with 1.5 GPM and kept the kitchen at 2.2 GPM and have been very happy with the amount of water when in use and the cost savings.
Meet Team Beltran’s Fearless Leaders Jaimy, along with his wife Sherine, owns and manages Beltran Properties at eXp Realty. The Beltrans have been successfully selling real estate in the Portland a....