* If retailers have the extra room in their store, they should consider setting up mock bathrooms to better display toilets, sinks, faucets and showerheads
. Displays can also be used to illustrate simple plumbing projects like fixing a toilet or installing a garbage disposal.
Energy Star certified, Energy Star[R] appliances, electronic-ballast fluorescent lights; indirect-gain, passive solar design; wood-burning stove and radiant floor heating, flow restrictors on faucets and showerheads
* Install nonaerating, low-flow faucets and showerheads
System design is all important in preventing buildup of Legionella; actions that lessen the risk for clinical cases include removing dead legs, avoiding washers and gaskets made of natural rubber (nutrient source), replacing heavily scaled faucets and showerheads
, and avoiding shock absorbers and pipe materials not made of copper or plastic.
The organism has been found in homes, swimming pools, cooling towers, spas and whirlpools, humidifiers, decorative fountains, vegetable misters in supermarkets, portable cooling units, faucets and showerheads
, ice-making machines, sinks, dental-unit systems, boilers, and numerous other nonsuspicious locations such as garden soils.
In addition to replacing bulbs, think about switching to WaterSense[R]-certified faucets and showerheads
, which are also simple to install.
Faucets and showerheads
can also be culprits of leaks inside apartment units.
Efficiency: Energy Star appliances, florescent bulbs, high efficiency water heaters, fifty year shingles, low flow faucets and showerheads
, sealed crawl spaces, cellulose and icynene insulation, solar preheat for hot water
(The DEP can always extend that date.) The requirements include installing low-flow toilets, faucets and showerheads
and using low-flow washing machines.
Repairing steam leaks, caulking windows, insulating pipes, tuning and cleaning boilers, and maintaining HVAC systems, and installing water-saving faucets and showerheads
, are all effective ways to improve the property and save on energy expenses.
Flush volume in gallons per flush ((JPF) for existing toilets: flow rates in gallons per minutes (GPM) for -- -- -- existing faucets and showerheads
. gpf gpm gpm 2.
* Install ultra-low flush toilets now (They become mandatory in 1992.) * Install faucets and showerheads
with aerators or flow restrictors to cut water consumption to about six gallons a minute * Install a domestic hot water circulator pump, if the building is piped with water return lines, so tenants won't run the water "til it gets hot." Water will instantly run hot when a tenant opens the faucet * Post signs with a telephone number so residents can report leaks * Have your laundry contractor pay for metered water * Make sure commercial tenants are billed back for water usage * Inspect plumbing for leaks.