Protecting the environment and conserving natural resources is essential to the wellbeing of our planet. There are numerous ways that you can do your part to help the planet. For instance, you can conserve energy by remembering to shut off lights that you are not using. You can also invest in energy-efficient appliances.
Another way to live the green life is to find ways to conserve water. Water is a precious resource that must be protected. Installing a dual flush toilet is a great way to save water – but before you rush out to buy one, consider the pros and cons.
The primary pro of a dual flush toilet is water conservation. A dual flush toilet is designed to have two flushing operations – one flush for liquid wastes and one flush for solid wastes. Each flush uses a different amount of water. You can save a considerable amount of water each year by using the appropriate flush every time you use the toilet. Read more
When you turn on the faucet in your kitchen, you probably don’t think twice about it – unless, of course, the water refuses to come out. There is actually a small part inside your faucet that is quite useful and efficient – but it is a part that you may not realize even exists.
A faucet aerator plays an important role in the operation of your faucet.
An aerator is simple – it is a small screen installed on the end of your faucet. It has two primary functions – to slow down the flow of water to prevent the wasting of water and to make this reduced flow unnoticeable. When you turn on the faucet, you are conserving water without even being aware of it. This is a wonderful addition to any home that wants to contribute to protecting and preserving the environment and natural resources. You can save hundreds of dollars each year, as well as hundreds of gallons of water simply by using a faucet aerator. If you live in an older home, it is a good idea to make sure your faucets are up-to-date and have aerators installed in them.
However, aerators are not fool-proof. If you ever turn on your faucet and notice that your water flow is severely diminished, it could be a problem with your aerator. Aerators can become clogged due to hard water. Fortunately, this is a quick fix. All you need to do is unscrew the end of your faucet, remove the aerator (remember, it is a tiny screen) and clean it. If this does not solve your water pressure problem, the problem may be your water source, so contact your city’s water department.
In many parts of the world, the bidet toilet is often found in a household bathroom. In the USA, they have not quite caught on yet. Yet is our way the best way? Or is there something the rest of the world sees that we haven’t quite figured out yet?
What Does it Do?
The main difference between a bidet and a regular toilet is the presence of a faucet in the middle of the bidet toilet. The faucet is meant to clean a person’s body after they are finished going to the bathroom by providing a fresh stream of water to wash the necessary areas and leave the person feeling clean and fresh. In some countries, people still wipe up after using this toilet, but many just go on with their business. Read more
We all know the frustration of slow hot water. We stand at the sink to wash our hands, and we finish the task just as the water begins to warm. Or maybe it’s the shower that gets to you. You’re ready to jump in, but you either have to wait out the cold water in the shower or in the cold air outside the shower. What is it that causes the delay between request and receipt? What is it that makes the hot water take so long?
Water in the pipes - The first element in delayed hot water is actually the water currently in the pipes. If you have a hot water tank, it keeps a reservoir of hot water ready and waiting. But before you can access this hot water, the system needs to flush the water that has been sitting in the pipes not being heated.
Length of pipes - The length of your pipes between the water heater tank and the faucet you are using will also play a role in the amount of time needed to get hot water. The longer the pipes, the longer it will take for the hot water to travel to your location.
Size of pipes - The wider the pipes, the longer it will take for hot water to get to you. Wider pipes require greater volume per inch lengthwise of piping, thus slower delivery.
Type of pipes - The type of pipes used also affects hot water timing. Galvanized pipes are thicker than copper pipes. As a result there is more metal that can leech heat from the water traveling through.
Weather - Believe it or not, the weather can affect how quickly you get hot water to your faucet. The ambient temperature of the air around your pipes affects the temperature of the pipes themselves. On cold days, it takes longer for the water to heat the pipes, and keep enough heat to feel warm to you.
You may have seen them on your last trip to the store or a stay in a hotel. In fact, people are increasingly putting these in both commercially and residentially as a great way to conserve water.
I’m talking about dual flush toilets of course.
Sometimes some of the easiest changes around your home can have the greatest impact on the environment, not to mention they can also help to reduce your utility bills. And installing dual flush toilets in one or more bathrooms in your home takes little time, is low cost, and has the potential for large savings down the road.
What is a Dual Flush Toilet?
A dual flush toilet looks similar to the toilet you already have in your home; the difference is that it will have two buttons for flushing. Each button is meant for different types of flushing. The half-flush button can flush down liquid waste while the full-flush button is needed for solid waste. This type of toilet costs almost the same as the standard toilet to install, but will actually save you money in the future simply by saving water. Read more
Home remodeling can be an expensive project and also a time-consuming one. If you are feeling the need to update your home, there are some changes you can make that are inexpensive and easy to do, which will give your home an entirely new look. Updating your kitchen and bathroom faucets or cabinetry hardware is the best way to give your rooms a fresh new look without spending a lot of money.
When you look around the cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom, do they look worn or outdated? A simple swap out of this old hardware for new, shiny, updated designs can give your kitchen or bathroom a beautiful look in a few short minutes. The popular finishes include satin, polished nickel and oil-rubbed bronze. This is also a good choice to make when you are trying to sell your home. This inexpensive change can make a dramatic difference for the potential buyers that come through your home.
When you replace the faucets in your kitchen or bathroom, look for unique features that not only add beauty to your room, but also function. In the kitchen, faucets with hoses attached make it easy to clean dirty pots and pans and the crevices in the sink. There is also a variety of different sized faucets, allowing you to choose from tall faucets to accommodate large items in the kitchen or short faucets for regular use. You can even find those with unique ways to turn the faucet on and off, such as by touch rather than the traditional nozzle.
There are varieties of colors that are becoming popular with home remodeling today. Oil rubbed bronze, chrome and brushed nickel top the charts in popularity, as well as versatility, because they match just about any existing décor. One of the latest up and coming styles is black faucets. Choosing this color adds a look of modern elegance in the bathroom and it is becoming available in a large number of faucets today.
While the idea of making a change may seem fun and exciting in the store, what do you do when you have everything at home and no time to make the replacements? Rely on your plumber to do the job for you. Not only will you have the work done in a fraction of the time, they’ll do it the right way the first time.
Ahhh, imagine relaxing in your very own jetted tub every night after a long day of work and play. Nothing will feel better on your tired muscles than soaking in a warm bath.
If your remodel includes the bathroom, you may be looking at a variety of things. How about a jetted tub?
Choosing a tub can be more difficult than it sounds. With the many choices on the market today, its not only important to find one that looks good and fits in with your bathroom décor, but also one that meets your needs. For many, this choice comes down to choosing between a freestanding and a built-in jetted tub. Knowing the differences can help you make the best choice for your needs.
Plumbing is a vital part of your home. Without it, you cannot have the basic things you need, such as running water, flushing toilets and draining bathtubs.
Yet even though your home may have come with the basics doesn’t mean you have to stick with the basics; there are lots of choices available to you. Maintenance is mandatory; yet upgrading is where the fun begins. Several plumbing upgrades may save you time and money.
Toilet upgrades – Upgrading the toilets in your home can help you save water. You can install low-flush toilets. These toilets will still flush away the waste, but with much less water. Not only will you be saving money on your water bill, you will be helping the environment. And with lots of choices in style and color, it can add to your bathroom’s appearance. Read more
Leaks in your home can be a huge headache.
When your faucet breaks and water spews all over your kitchen, you have no choice. Your first reaction is to shut off the water and have the leak repaired as quickly as possible.
However, when you notice a drip under your sink or a drip from your ceiling when it rains, you may not be in any hurry to fix the problem. You may think, “Oh well, it’s just a small leak, I will get to it later.” Read more
Whether you are buying a new home or upgrading your current home, one of the best ways to have a new look is to update your appliances.
When you first begin thinking about appliance choices, your mind will probably go straight to color. Do you stick with traditional white? Do you upgrade to stainless steel? Or should you try custom designs that will match your cabinets?
Once you have made your color choice, the next step is to examine whether you prefer gas or electric. If you have one or the other in place, you may prefer to stick with what ou have. Yet if you are redesigning your kitchen, now may be the perfect time to make a change.