With all the water and energy-saving upgrades, we knew that we would be saving natural resources, but we could only estimate the savings. Now that ECO has been up and running for over a year, we are able to crunch some numbers. One of the simplest comparisons is water use, and we’re thrilled with the results.
Before ECO became ECO, the complex used, on average, 4,914,925 gallons of water annually* between 2006 and 2009. For the first year after renovation was complete (August 2011 to August 2012), ECO used 2,693,100 gallons. We cut water use by 45%—almost half!
It’s important to note that occupancy was fairly low before the renovation, and that it has been close to 100% since renovation. And we aren’t skimping on quality of life: each apartment now has a full-size dishwasher and washer and dryer, and we keep the swimming pool in operation eight months of the year. The bottom line is that more people are enjoying more conveniences and using around half the water! All thanks to water-wise upgrades.
*We determined this average based on historical information from the City of Fayetteville Water Department. (Thanks for helping us to gather this data!)