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Being Green in the Bathroom!

According to the California Urban Water Conservation Council, 60% of household water consumption takes place in the bathroom.

It’s important to practice efficiency and conservation with our water.

TOILETS: Did you know that the toilet is the biggest water user in your house? Bet you didn’t know that the standard toilet uses 7 GALLONS for every flush!!!! So if you are remodeling, or in need for a new toilet, here are some efficient alternatives:

**Low -Flow toilet: surpass even minimum federal standards– 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf). You can find these marked by the EPA’s WaterSense label.

**Dual-flush toilets. These are very popular in Europe, but now being introduced to the American Market. With these, one method of flushing creates the standard 1.6 gpf, while another reserved for liquid waste, allows half the amount .8gpf to flow through. Pressure assisted toilets use water pressure to compensate for the smaller amount of water going through.

Don’t want to spend tons of money? WaterSense toilets fall in the the low-to-middle price range

There is also no water toilets..dry…yuck. But if you are adventures , give it a try.

SHOWER: did you know that every minute the shower uses 2.5 gallons of water?

    – Many new shower heads on the market use only 1.6 gallons per minute.Low flow shower heads not only cut your water use by an impressive 20,000 gallons per year, but also save you 10-16% of the cost of heating that water.

GOING GRAY!!! –> another way to spare the planet’s water is to consider installing a gray water system for your home’s outdoor irrigation needs

  Def: Gray water: reuse the water from your clothes washer, bathtub, showers and silks –50-80 % of total waste water from your household for other purposes. There are simple and complex systems, depending on how engineered savvy you wanna be.

  You can reroute your laundry water to the water your backyard!!!–it would filter all the chemicals from soap and shampoos of course.

Visit: www.greywater.com to see more on the process of grey water irrigation.

 

Thanks for staying informed! Go Green

– Erica

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Stop Junk-Mail…and protect the environment

Sick of getting pointless credit card offers or catalogs? Me Too! Not only is it annoying but junk mail wastes an incredible amount of natural resources and contributes to global warming!

With www.41pounds.org, you cant stop junk-mail for up to 5 years!

41 pounds,a nonprofit service, takes you and your household off these mailing lists !!!!

The Environmental Benefits:

Time — No credit card offers to shred or unwanted catalogs.
Trees — Keep 100+ million trees in forests, cooling the planet.
Water — Protect 28 billion gallons of clean water.
Climate — Junk mail produces more C02 than 9 million cars.
Planet — We donate to your favorite charity when you sign up

41 pounds donates “more than 1/3 of your fee to the environmental or community organization
of your choice:
Eco-Cycle
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so visit www.41pounds.organd start eliminating

Stay Informed! Go Green!

– Erica

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What have you done to protect your home against RADON?

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, but it can build up inside homes and cause lung cancer (it’s number 2, after smoking). You can buy radon test kits to check for radon, improve home ventilation, and other things.

 January is National Radon Action Month.

Stay Informed! Go Green

– Erica

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