Monday, May 23, 2011

Rainwater Harvesting Reduces Water Use Over 60%

Our Rainwater Harvesting system is connected and functioning. The 1000 gallon tank is filled to capacity and we are now using rainwater to flush all our toilets. Over 50% of the water used by most office buildings is for flushing toilets. We measured our water use for the first two weeks and the results are impressive. 480 gallons of rainwater to flush toilets and 73 gallons of potable water for hand washing and making coffee. That's over 80% reduction in water use. This is higher than we expected. We are checking the meters and the valves to see if all is functioning as it should. We will keep tracking our water us and report back to you.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Green Strategies Showing Impressive Results

The snowy winter shut down our solar power plant for 33 days, however we are now back online. We have calculated the results of the green strategies we have implemented over the past year and the results are impressive.

42% energy use reduction
78% reduction in solid waste
35% of our electric use generated by our solar power plant
4 tons CO2 avoided

Many of our green strategies have not been in place a full year and we are planning some additional strategies so the numbers will get even better.

Click Here to view our latest solar power statistics.

Stay Tuned for our Rainwater Harvesting Update. The 'Tank' has landed.

Posted by Michael Shilale, AIA, LEED