You're showering wrong if you don't have one of these
Every shower wastes about 90 percent of the energy from the hot water that flows down the drain.
The Proud Green Home of St. Louis incorporates a unique device that's designed to stop wasting energy and water.The energy consumed to make hot water is the 2nd largest cost driver on most utility bills;. And, showering is typically the single most energy intensive activity that people engage in at home.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that between 80 and 90% of the energy used to heat water is lost down the drain. It’s the equivalent of 350 billion kilowatt-hours.
According to the DOE, the good news is that “a large portion of this energy is, in fact, recoverable.”
That's why the Proud Green Home of St. Louis uses two Ecodrain systems, one of the master bath and one of the children's bathrooms.
The Proud Green Home of St. Louis is a project of Hibbs Homes- a nationally renowned green construction company in St Louis – in collaboration with Verdatek Solutions, Curtiss W. Byrne Architect, and the High Performance Buildings Research Center (part of the Midwest Energy Efficiency Research Consortium at the University of Missouri-Columbia) to build a five-bedroom, 3,700 square-foot, Prairie-style home, the first “Proud Green Home” in the St. Louis area.
The Proud Green Home of St. Louis is under construction to deliver sustainable benefits to its owners and to educate and inspire building professionals and consumers about the benefits of building and living green.
Once completed, this home in Wildwood, Missouri is expected to meet a number of prominent green building standards, including:
- Energy Star for Homes
- ANSI ICC-700 The National Green Building
- DOE Zero Net Ready home
- EPA Indoor airPlus
Read more about the Proud Green Home of St. Louis.
Companies: Cree Inc., Dow Building Solutions, Kohler, Marvin Windows and Doors, Kleendeck, LLC, Enertech Global, LLC, Benjamin Obdyke, Zehnder America, ACT D'MAND Systems, Huber Engineered Woods, Solatube, STEP Warmfloor, EcoDrain
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