What’s in that bag?

A closer look at what’s in the energy efficiency toolkits.

With the ReEnergize Pittsburgh Energy Efficiency Challenge swinging into full gear, here’s an insider’s look at what participants are working with.


Every household that signs up to be a part of the competition receives a ReEnergize Pgh Energy Efficiency kit! Our Ambassadors have been hard at work getting these useful tools into the hands of their neighbors. This week, we’ll be taking a look inside the Energy Efficiency kits and discovering what is inside, why, and how you can use these easy fixes to save energy and conserve resources in your own home.

ReEnergize Pittsburgh Shower Timers

After toilets and washing machines, the shower is the third largest water user in the home. The average shower in the US uses 17.2 gallons of water and lasts for just over 8 minutes.

Our energy efficiency kits contain these awesome blue shower timers that run out of sand after five minutes. Just stick it to your shower wall and spin to get started.


Reducing the time of your shower to five minutes could save you, on average, nearly 7 gallons of water per shower! That translates to a lower water bill.

 Try it out and challenge yourself to a five-minute shower!

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Win your own ReEnergize Pittsburgh toolkit. Share your favorite energy saving tip(s) in the comment section below. We will announce winners on Monday.

6 thoughts on “What’s in that bag?

  1. We put extra insulation over the windows for the winter to reduce drafts. Allows us to keep the heat at 65 and still feel warm.

  2. We did a walk thru our house and just noticed drafts. Made adjustments where we could like making sure the windows were closed properly and addressed areas that could be insulated, wrapped pipes, put a jacket on the waterheated, added draft “snakes”, put in caulking around the basement door and were vigilant in turning down the thermostat at night when going to bed.

  3. We did a house walk thru looked to make improvements where we could. Make sure the windows were closed tight, put caulking in the door areas, added door insulation and used draft “snakes”, put a jacket on the water heater and we are vigilant about making sure the thermostat is turned down at night.

  4. We try to use tarps on the outside of our screened porch to allow the cold air from coming into our laundry room, to keep the house insulated as much as possible.

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