Mar 28, 2015

Save on your Utility Bills - Sav-Eco Kits can Help

We are often asked what is the reduction on water and electricity bills when you use the
 Conserv-A-Store Sav-Eco Kits.

Sav-Eco Kits are the Conserv-A-Store brand of water and energy saving kits that enable a beginner or a Pro to save more water and electricity-Here's a list of the Sav-Eco Water and Energy Saving Kits

This is sorta hard to figure since a single male or female who travels a month a year for their job is obviously going to use a lot less water and energy locally than a family of 4 with 2 elementary school age kids. We will just take what we feel is an average yearly use for the products mentioned

The other unknown is your water and electricity rates. Here's a great table on water rates in selected large cities in the USA-click here Obviously places like California are much higher than those areas with more water available

                                                                   
We're not picking on Portland-we felt the chart was instructive


For our Water rate calculations in this article we will use this stat from USA Today and a cost of $40/month or $1.33/day for potable municipal water
For its survey, USA TODAY defined a typical household as one using roughly 7,500 gallons (1,000 cubic feet) a month and having a meter size of about 5/8 inch.

Sewer rates which are often more variable around the US are a very important part of the calculation since these rates are included in water usage by your utility-click here

For our Sewer rate calculations in this article we will use this stat from the Circle of Blue,
Average sewer charges for U.S. households  in 2013 were $US 435 per year, or $36.25 per month or $1.20/day

So we will use Combined Water and Sewer rates of $2.50/day for a family as an average(yes many of you pay more than this and many pay less)

For our calculations let's use one of the Sav-Eco Intermediate Kits Conservastore Part # 06-0010

                                                                 
The Conservastore Intermediate Sav-Eco Kit Part# 06-0010


To observe the water and electricity savings let's study each item in the kit and how it helps you save This kit includes the following items:


- 1pc 1.5 GPM{gallon per minute} Shower head in chrome

A regular head from a home center would put out  2.5gpm of water

Your savings for a 15 minute shower would be 1 gallon per minute x 15 = 15 gallons or a 40% saving

- 1pc 1.25 GPM Shower head in chrome (not pictured)

A regular head from a home center would put out 2.5 gpm of water

Your savings for a 15 minute shower would be 1.25 gallon per minute x 15 = 18.75 gallons or a 50% saving

- 3pcs 1.0 GPM Aerator

A regular faucet aerator from a home center would put out 2.2 gpm of water

Let's say your family uses the kitchen faucet for a combined 10 minutes per day and each of 2 bath faucets for 10 minutes per day as well. This would add up to 30 minutes at a savings of 1.2gpm of 36 gallons or a 45% saving

- 3pcs .5 GPM Aerator

A regular faucet aerator from a home center would put out 2.2 gpm of water

Let's say your family uses the kitchen faucet for a combined 10 minutes per day and each of 2 bath faucets for 10 minutes per day as well. This would add up to 30 minutes at a savings of 1.7gpm of 51 gallons or a 77% saving

- 6pcs 15 Watt(60 watt incandescent equivalent)CFL Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb{only 1 pc pictured} for most home based fixtures or lamps

CFL bulbs have some negatives such as possible mercury dispersal at disposal but if that is handled correctly they can help you save money and put out quality light. Here's a blog we offer on bulb savings
The chart in this blog projects savings of up to 75% using CFL vs conventional incandescents

-1pc Screw in Light Bulb Control(good for CFL or standard light bulbs)-fits the bulbs you get above---cuts down on lite by 4hrs/day

This can be viewed as a security device as well as an electrical saving device

-1pc Digital Timer-125V 8Amps 1000watt capacity- White - 8 Settings/day

Depending on what fixtures are plugged in to this device will determine your money savings. But the device also offers safety since it shows a house that is "Lived in" while your are gone

-1pc Keep the Planet Green reusable bag--use this to go to the market without the need for paper or plastic----In the next 5 years plastic grocery bags will most likely be non legal in most states so why not get ready now

                                                                 
We think Mr Water would buy a Conservastore Sav-Eco Kit if he could

                                                                 


We project that you will at least save half of the water and electrical charges you would have with these products if they are not water and energy saving. The kit will easily pay for itself in 12 months time but if you have a larger family it could be as quickly as 6 months



Conserv-A-Store is your ONLY source for Sav-Eco Kits that Save You $ and Save the Earth

Thanks to the following for providing data in the composition of this article:
Circle of Blue
USA Today

Mar 20, 2015

Earth Day Poetry Compilation



With Earth Day 2015 coming on April 22nd,  we'd like to get you ready by offering  a compilation of our  past years' Green Topics Earth Day poetry. If there are certain poems not listed here please pass them on to us and we'll post them

To our muse Mother Earth…
We will try to inspire you every Earth Day with some rhyme. 



We hope you have a great Earth Day 2014!  Please carry and extrapolate the thoughts and respect for the Earth that you feel on this one day to the other 364 days a year. 

We begin with a quip from John Muir who we feel is perhaps one of the larger contributors to the recognition of how special the US of A is from the standpoint of natural beauty,

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world.” 
― John Muir

and


“The world, we are told, was made especially for man — a presumption not supported by all the facts.” 

Now the rest

This Old Earth needs our help
To stay fresh and clean and green
With a
Pick it up
Pitch it in and
Throw it in the can
This Old Earth needs a helping hand 

 from ReallyRoper.blogspot.com


I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each Honey Tree,

Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone

And just as I
Need every bit 
of me to make
A body fit
So Earth needs
Grass and Stone and Tree
And things that grow here
Naturally

That's why we celebrate
This day
That why across
The world we say:
"As long as life,
As dear as free,
I am Earth
and this is me!"

Earth Day Earth Poem


Oh giver of life, you glorious Sun,
You instinctively know what must be done.
I bask in your warmth to gain energy;
Marvel how you raise up each plant and tree.

You, gracious Moon ever watchful at night
Even aware when your eye is closed tight.
You sway our emotions, also the sea;
Cause turmoil at times or tranquility.

I love you Earth and all of your creatures.
There's joy in knowing you are our teachers.
I will, to treat you with respect and care
And pray that the world will become aware

When we poison you, we poison us too.
Keeping you balanced will grow life anew.
We are blessed with Earth, sea, wind and fire;
Ether, divine, our longing desire

Helps us to treasure our blessings on Earth
And love that's bestowed when given our birth.
So embrace loyal Sun and moody Moon
As sweet Nature sings her loveliest tune.


© Connie Marcum Wong



Even the Earth knows well the market must
 Align itself with something more than greed.
 Ravenous monsters on the future feed,
 Their fangs ripping at Earth's delicate crust. 
How might one profit from an empty sea, 
Drawing dividends from dying streams?
 Although one might find riches at the seams, 
Yet none will prosper once the Earth is scree.

Even the Earth Knows Well the Market Must by Nicholas Gordon



Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay. 

Nothing Gold Can Stay 
-Robert Frost 

Plant a tree
Watch a bee
Go clean up the
Sea!!
Let's leave our planet
to be,
What it intends to be
So we, and all life
Can Be ........

Bonnie Pelton

 We will try to inspire you every Earth Day with some rhyme. This year we have a few selections from last year and a few new entries as well.

We hope you have a great Earth Day 2012! We hope that we all carry and extrapolate the the thoughts and respect for the Earth that many feel on this one day to the other 364 days a year.

This Old Earth needs our help
To stay fresh and clean and green
With a
Pick it up
Pitch it in and
Throw it in the can
This Old Earth needs a helping hand

 from ReallyRoper.blogspot.com


I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each Honey Tree,

Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone

And just as I
Need every bit
of me to make
A body fit
So Earth needs
Grass and Stone and Tree
And things that grow here
Naturally

That's why we celebrate
This day
That why across
The world we say:
"As long as life,
As dear as free,
I am Earth
and this is me!"

Earth Day Earth Poem






Earth Day is upon us again and in lieu of a long winded letter on how we should all change our practice to protect the beauty of the planet on which we are lucky enough to inhabit, I thought it may be more spiritual to offer some poems inspired by Earth Day or the writers love of the unspoiled Earth.

 Enjoy and Dream

 Happy Earth Day from Conserv-A-Store and pass them on if you choose


I am of the earth
She is my mother
She bore me with pride
She reared me with love
She cradled me each evening
She pushed the wind to make it sing
She built me a house of harmonious colors
She fed me the fruits of her fields
She rewarded me with memories of her smiles
She punished me with the passing of time
And at last when I long to leave
She will embrace me for eternity.

I am of the Earth by Anna Lee Walters



God has cared for these trees, saved them from drought, disease, avalanches, and a thousand tempests and floods.  But he cannot save them from fools.  ~John Muir






seeking comfort in a walk-in closet
this little room is spared
as a forest preserve ridiculously reserved
for leftover green space incorrectly prepared

cigarette butts against our soles
again and again and again
smoke stacks the air until acid rains
throwaways litter mother’s sensitive skin
her pathways have become paper trails
when no one’s looking the common good fails

we subtract life’s essence with knowing hands
with mindless rituals of the manicured lawn
rake nutrients; add fertilizer, plant killer, water
coexisting with nature has been withdrawn
as unkind man advances, the environment recedes
like fiber and flesh that can’t breathe

on a park bench in a walk-in closet
will my children find Earth has gone the distance
or the ecosystem in clear plastic containers
and life decidedly a skeletal existence

Skeletal Existence
[From Eloquence: Rhythm & Renaissance by Usiku at http://www.usiku.net/]


Plant a tree
Watch a bee
Go clean up the
Sea!!
Let's leave our planet
to be,
What it intends to be
So we, and all life
Can Be ........



Visit us at Conservastore.com, where you can find eco-friendly products ans solutions for your home and everyday life

www.conservastore.com


Feb 17, 2015

Recirculating Pumps Save Hot Water and Offer You a Better Bathroom Experience - Sustain U Water Saving Series **UPDATE

What is a Residential Recirculating Pump?

Laing Autocirc Undersink Instant Hot Water Circulating Pump

                                                               

Circulating pumps are often used to circulate domestic hot water so that a faucet will provide hot water instantly upon demand, or (more conserving of energy) a short time after a user's request for hot water. In regions where water conservation issues are rising in importance with rapidly expanding and urbanizing populations local water authorities offer rebates to homeowners and builders that install a circulator pump to save water.


Why would you install a Recirculating Pump? How much will you save?

In typical one-way plumbing without a circulation pump, water is simply piped from the water heater through the pipes to the tap. Once the tap is shut off, the water remaining in the pipes cools producing the familiar wait for hot water the next time the tap is opened. By adding a circulator pump and constantly circulating a small amount of hot water through the pipes from the heater to the farthest fixture and back to the heater, the water in the pipes is always hot, and no water is wasted during the wait. The tradeoff is the energy wasted in operating the pump and the additional demand on the water heater to make up for the heat lost from the constantly hot pipes. 

We have a passion for turning the world Green but for many of you it's all about $ which keeps capitalism humming. So what's the breakeven on the purchase of this pump. As with many Green products it seems the
more folks affected by the item the quicker the break even. If you live by yourself then this pump will likely take you a while to get a cost benefit. If you are in a 3 or 4 bath house with 2 or 3 kids then the payback is likely to be on the order of 2 years at most and then it will be straight savings against your utility bill.;


Are There Different Types of Recirculating Pumps?

While the majority of these pumps mount nearest to the hot water heater and have no adjustable temperature capabilities, a significant reduction in energy can be achieved by utilizing a temperature adjustable thermostatically controlled circulation pump mounted at the last fixture on the loop.

Thermostatically controlled circulation pumps allow owners to choose the desired temperature of hot water to be maintained within the hot water pipes since most homes do not require 120 °F (49 °C) degree water instantly out of their taps. Thermostatically controlled circulation pumps cycle on and off to maintain a user's chosen temperature and consume less energy than a continuously operating pump. By installing a thermostatically controlled pump just after the farthest fixture on the loop, cyclic pumping maintains ready hot water up to the last fixture on the loop instead of wasting energy heating the piping from the last fixture to the water heater. Often installing a circulation pump at the farthest fixture on hot water circulation loop due to limited available space, cosmetics, noise restrictions or lack of available power. 

Recent advancements in hot water circulation technology allow for benefiting from temperature controlled pumping without having to install the pump at the last fixture on the hot water loop. These advanced hot water circulation systems utilize a water contacting temperature probe strategically installed at the last fixture on the loop to minimize the energy wasted heating lengthy return pipes. Thermal insulation applied to the pipes helps mitigate this second loss and minimize the amount of water that must be pumped to keep hot water constantly available.

Can I install the Pump Myself?

Below is a video on installing a Laing pump. It is pretty easy if you are handy although you will require a 120v AC plug near the pump to power it. If electricity scares you a bit you would want to call the plumber or electrician to put a plug in for you. A professional depending on region would probably charge up to $200 for the install.




Which is the Best Manufacturer to go with on these pumps?

There are a few major manufacturers of residential plumbing recirculating pumps-they are all good companies and make good product-the choice is often based on your own personal affinity for a given brand or what your installer chooses.

Laing Pump Thermotech division of Xylem Water is the manufacturer we generally offer at Conservastore.
Laing offers a pump whose advantage is that the pump is placed at the faucet farthest in the plumbing loop from the water heater. This seems to do a great job of learning the temp at the coldest point of the system and thereby maintaining a constant temp that is agreeable
This is Conservastore Part #01-0228 and Laing Model # e1-bcanrt1w-06 and part#LHB08100093 and formally model ACT-303-BTW

                                                                 
Schematic of  a Recirc Pump Working

Laing has other models that may fit your requirements better:

A newer model from Laing is designed for the ever growing offering of Instantaneous of Tankless water heaters. The Model # is ACT E10 and the Part # 6050E7000

Laing now also offers a pump that is installed at the water heater but communicates with the farthest faucet in the home wirelessly. No recirculation line is required and no power source under the farthest sink is needed. Suggested savings is 12k gallons of water per year.
The Model # is ACT-4 and the Part # 6050E4050

Other good manufacturers of recirculating pumps include (click on the manufacturer name to go to their website)

Grundfos

Taco

Metlund

If you live in a standard residential home with 3 or 4 bedrooms and 2 or 3 baths the relatively inexpensive cost of a recirculating pump will really save you water and utility bill cost over your life in the home

Thanks to the following for the text that is the basis for this article: Wikipedia, Laing Thermotech division of Xylem

This is from our Sustain U series of articles that attempt to inform the lay public about different Green hard good items that can make lives easier and of course save resources and save money

Conservastore is your source for Water Saving -  Click here for our entire catalog


Here is the Conservastore offering of Recirculating Pumps for Residential Water Heating-Click Here

Laing Autocirc Undersink Instant Hot Water Circulating Pump

Laing ACT E10 Autocirc Tankless Water Heater Recirculating Pump

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This blog was first written in Feb 2014 and revised in Feb 2015