Monthly Archives: July 2011

    • Wasted Water

      A typical household uses 185 to 300 gallons of water a day and the majority of it goes down the drain from the toilet and the shower. Updating your commodes will serve as a conservation effort while lowering your water bill.  

      Today's toilets use less water, prevent staining and resist clogging better than the older toilets and you might be surprised at how easy they are to install. Replacements generally cost from $100 to $300.  

      Toilets made in the 1950's used, on average, seven gallons per flush. Compare that with one that only uses 1.6 gallons per flush and it's a big saving. Multiply by the times a toilet is flushed in a year and the number of toilets in your home and it will save a lot of water.

       Gallons of Water Saved in a Year with 1.6 gpf
       Age of Toilet  Gallons Per Flush Flush 3 times a day Flush 5 times a day
      Prior to 1950's 7.0 5,913 9,855
      1960's 5.5 4,271 7,118
      1980's 3.5 2,081 3,468
      After 1994 1.6 - -
       

      Watch this video to see how easy the project is done and even if you decide to hire a plumber, you'll have a better understanding of how it works.

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    • I Want a Bigger/Nicer Home but…

      There are homeowners that would like to have a larger/nicer home but are patiently waiting for the market to improve. A frequently heard objection is that they can't sell their home for what it is currently worth. Buying up in a down market is actuall...
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    • Targeting the Mortgage Interest Deduction

      It's obviously going to be a Herculean task for Congress to balance the budget and reduce the deficit. It's sort of like the country song lyric that goes "everyone wants to go to Heaven but nobody wants to go now." It is estimated that the mortgage int...
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    • “I Do” Want a Home

      Forget Macy's and Crate & Barrel. Set up your bridal registry at the bank and use the funds for the FHA down payment on a home. This could be perfect for people getting married who already have their household items and really need help getting int...
      Written by InTouch

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