1. The average home has over 200,000 different types of bacteria living in it at any given time.
2. The average square footage for an American home is about 2,600 square feet (equal to about 10% of a 1/4 acre lot). Your roof is the largest part of your home and accounts for 12% of the average U.S. home value. CRS Roofing from Portland suggests proper preventive measures to avoid expensive and inconvenient problems.
3. The first 3D printed house was made out of cement and took 44 hours to print!
4. From the time your alarm clock rings until you get up and leave the bed, you spend an average of 96 days sleeping through the night – more than 2900!
5. If you’re keeping your thermostat set at 72 degrees Fahrenheit during winter months, you’re likely spending $150-$300 each month on heating costs alone!
6. Your front door is your home’s number one entryway for drafts. Installing a $2 draft stopper at the bottom of your door can save you up to $150 per year on energy costs!
7. On average washing your dishes by hand uses about 40 gallons of water, while a typical dishwasher uses 4 gallons or less during each load.
8. Most carpeting is made from synthetic materials derived from petroleum products – so it’s not biodegradable or very environmentally friendly.
9. You spend about 1/3 of every day just walking around your home – 3-5 times each day…and it adds up to about 7000 steps a day! That’s equal to a little over 2 miles worth of walking daily! Or roughly 700 hours per year! That’s equal to 20 days straight of no sleeping, eating, or working!
10. A new home takes about 5 years to pay off the total cost of its construction – not including any interest that’s accrued on credit during that period.
11. American homes use an average of 600 gallons of water just flushing toilets every day!
12. Out of the 45 million homes in America with foundations, more than 1/3 are found on piers instead of solid footings. This is done either for lower costs or due to insufficient soil conditions to hold traditional footings.
13. The average person spends about 30% of their income on housing-related expenses (including rent/mortgage). – so those top the list as our biggest expense after taxes!
14. One in every 10 homes has a gutter system that doesn’t work properly or is missing parts. In the event of heavy rain, water levels can rise as much as two feet higher than they would otherwise without gutters!
15. If you’re subject to high winds, it might be best to avoid building your home in an open field – especially near trees and power lines! The average tornado does about $500,000 worth of damage to every square mile it passes over (the size of an average residential lot).
16. The average home uses about 260 gallons of gasoline or diesel fuel per year to power lawn equipment! This adds up to nearly $1000 a year spent on gas!
17. Virtual reality isn’t going anywhere anytime soon – experts predict that by 2025, about 65% of American homes will have a VR system hooked up to their gaming systems!
18. Most home fires occur in the kitchen or living room, and involve cooking appliances! Be sure you’re not overloading your sockets with multiple devices when using them, and always turn off your stove if leaving the house for even a short period of time.
19. In cold climates, ice can form upwards of 6 inches thick on your gutters during winter months – so be sure to clear them manually or schedule gutter cleaning before it gets too deep!
20. If you just set your water heater temperature at 120 degrees Fahrenheit instead of 140 degrees (which is the standard-setting), you can save up to $100 per year on heating costs!
Thank You for Reading! I hope the 20 facts were an interesting read.