Tips on Eco-Friendly Green Home Building By: Danny Lipford todayshomeowner.com
“Find out about the Glenwood Park neighborhood in Atlanta, Georgia, which embraces eco-friendly, green building practices that are:
Improve indoor air quality
Watch this video to find out more…”
50 Cost-Efficient Ways To Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly 10/01/2014 05:21 pm ET | Updated Oct 01, 2014 huffingtonpost.com
“But solar panels and temperature-regulating walls aren’t the only ways to help your household adopt more eco-friendly practices. There are a ton of easy — and fun — ways to conserve energy.
Luckily for us, UK-based magazine Good To Be Home has some clever ideas on other ways to do it….”
Greywater Reuse – – Greywater Action greywateraction.org
“..Greywater is gently used water from your bathroom sinks, showers, tubs, and washing machines. It is not water that has come into contact with feces, either from the toilet or from washing diapers.
Greywater may contain traces of dirt, food, grease, hair, and certain household cleaning products. While greywater may look “dirty,” it is a safe and even beneficial source of irrigation water in a yard. Keep in mind that if greywater is released into rivers, lakes, or estuaries, its nutrients become pollutants, but to plants, they are valuable fertilizer. Aside from the obvious benefits of saving water (and money on your water bill), reusing your greywater keeps it out of the sewer or septic system, thereby reducing the chance that it will pollute local water bodies. Reusing greywater for irrigation reconnects urban residents and our backyard gardens to the natural water cycle.
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We all know that being environmentally conscious is important. From changing your bulbs to using a natural shower curtain, here are 10 absolutely simple tips to go green in your home, starting now. Oftentimes, it will save you money, and even improve your health. Produced by LMV and KMVT.”
Unbeatable Guide of 2016: Best Toilet Brands and Reviews besttoiletguide.net
“…It is a nice marriage between the two that has turned out to be beneficial for the growth of the industry. Of the many brands on the list Toto stands out the most, but that isn’t to discount what any of the other brands have done. It should also be noted that the best toilet on the list is also from Toto, so take away from that what you will….
TOTO MS604114CEFG#01 Ultramax II Het Double Cyclone Elongated One Piece Toilet
The multiple colors of the high priced Ultramax 2 isn’t the only thing this Toto product has going for it. Available colors are bone, colonial white, cotton, cotton white and Sedona beige. Unique to this model, and the only product on this list to offer it is the cotton white 2 pack. Consumers can purchase the two pack and save a couple of bucks rather than buying them separately. This is ideal for customers that have a need for multiple toilets, and for customers that need a toilet in more than one home. This high efficiency model only uses 1.28 gallons per flush, and it still manages to be a powerful and quiet operation. Take confidence in knowing that every time you flush it won’t rock the walls.
Toto used a universal height so that it is perfect for users of all sizes, giving them the most comfortable seating ever on a toilet. The elongated bowl uses double cyclone flushing technology and combines it with SanaGloss so that no matter how much waste is in the bowl, it fully cleans it each and every time. SanaGloss technology is smooth and one of the prettiest finishes to look at while still being ultra-functional. Weight of the toilet is 99 pounds with dimensions of 28.3×16.6×28.8. Enjoy the 1 year limited warranty and feel safe in knowing that Toto supports the Ultramax line very well. With their first product on the list, Toto shows they are a force to be reckoned with and that the Ultramax line is very respected…”
TOTO CST454CEFG#01 Drake II 2-Piece Toilet with Elongated Bowl and Sanagloss,1.28 GPF, Cotton White by Toto amazon.com
“..TOTO High profile two-piece toilet. High efficiency (1.28Gpf/4.8Lpf) Double Cyclone flushing action. Tank cover, fittings, polished chrome trip lever included. With unrivaled vision and innovation expertise, TOTO leads and never follows in designing, engineering, refining and delivering innovative technology that enhances your daily life. TOTO’s innovations translate into the best performance and ecology in the plumbing world. TOTO leaves nothing to chance when it comes to design. TOTO embraces holistic design principles because performance, quality, functionality and ultimately, customer satisfaction, are just as important as aesthetics. Backed by precision engineering and global manufacturing, great designs address functionality and performance as well as beauty. Attention to detail, continuous improvement, over a thousand research and development professionals and 90+ years of experience fuel TOTO’s product quality. TOTO provides unmatched performance, durability and reliability, representing the ultimate in customer satisfaction for our toilets, faucets, lavatories, showers and products for the entire bathroom. Superior quality backed by over 90 years of experience creates many benefits. TOTO installations offer peace of mind and performance you can count on. Reliability translates into reduced maintenance costs and superior performance. ..”
7 Favorites: The Best Water-Conserving Toilets October 09, 2014 1:00 PM BY Janet Hall remodelista.com
“..Trying to reduce your household water consumption? Look no further than your toilet, the No. 1 water guzzler. One of the all-time thirstiest fixtures, toilets are estimated to be responsible for upwards of 30 percent of household water consumption. And those predating the 1992 federal restrictions of 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) are especially inefficient. Thanks to technological advances, a new breed of toilets offers increased efficiency and performance (early adopters may still wince at the less-than-stellar flushing capabilities of the first low-flow models). Replacing an older model with a high-efficiency WaterSense-certified toilet will reduce water consumption and lower your costs.
We’ve singled out five notable toilets that meet EPA flushing guidelines of 1.28 gpf or less, and use at least 20 percent less water than the celebrated 1.6 gpf models. This is especially important if you live in California, which now limits toilets sold in the state to the 1.28 gallons per flush standard. See Sarah’s 21 Tips: How to Save Water, One Drop at a Time for more ways to dry up your household.
Top 10 Best Water Heater Reviews waterheatergeek.com
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“..Looking for the best water heaters on the current market for your business or home? then you have come to the right place we check out the top 10 best water heaters on the market. Waterheatergeek.com offers a huge wealth of knowledge and tips on selecting the correct water heater unit that meets your requirements and most important your budget. Water heaters are generally expensive but essential items to maintain an efficient living cost…”
The Best Gas Furnaces of 2016 | Top Ten Reviews toptenreviews.com
“..When selecting the best furnace, consider the device’s annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating. This number is represented as a percentage and indicates how much heat a furnace can obtain from each cubic foot of gas. To clarify even more, for example, an AFUE rating of 96 percent means that up to 96 cents of every dollar is used to warm your home. The national standard for lowest allowable efficiency is 78 percent, and many modern units achieve upward of 98 percent…
Another way to increase the efficiency of your new furnace is to have a compatible programmable thermostat installed along with it. Many gas furnace manufacturers have their own lines of thermostats that can push and run your furnace to its peak efficiency levels. While this is an additional cost, an updated, compatible thermostat allows you greater control over your home’s temperature and comfort levels…”
ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2016 — Furnaces energystar.gov
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Above are just “some” of the steps I’ve taken at my home, which this will be on-going as appliances wear out. Got any personal tips yourself?