Shower Calculator Updated

I made a few changes to the Shower Calculator to allow more metrics to be entered as well as a few other enhancements. They include:

  • Added a Water Cost field to allows for the entering of the cost of water per 1000 gallons.
  • Added an Efficiency field that allows for the entering of the efficiency factor of your particular water heater.
  • Added a Water Temperature field to allow you to enter your groundwater temperature.  This is the temperature in which water enters your water heater.
  • Added a Shower Temperature field to allow for the entering of cold/hot your shower raises.
  • Provide how much the entered water heater uses depending on its energy source in the output.
  • Provide a breakdown of the total cost of a shower by showing the cost of both water and the water heater.

Please let me know of any additional things you wish me to add to this calculator.  Also, if there are any problems with it let me know so I can fix them immediately.

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    Comments

    1. Nothing like immediate reinforcement to change behavior. Hopefully this idea will catch on and be more common place in 10 years. I know i our town, when people start using electricity monitors, their KWH go down.

    2. Wow … I love this! Actually … love both your calculators … brilliant! Many people will respond to an activity when it affects their pocket book … this will show them how they can … very easily … cut costs.

      Thank you!

      Small Footprints

    3. lol … I need to show this to my wife. When I first met her 2 1/2 years ago, my utility bill went up almost $100 a month after she moved in. She tried to tell me it was the lights … I on the other hand, strongly suspect that her 35 minute showers had much more to do with it.

      Fortunately, she has gotten a bit better over time.

      Todd

    4. It’s a useful tool, but I wonder how many people will apply the lesson it offers.

      I used to have long showers too, but 35 minutes? She must have a really long hair :))

    5. This is a great tool, I am excited to share this with my wife. She is trying to make us a green family, I’m fighting though.

    1. January 20th, 2009

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