Going Green is Easy!
With these 13 eco-friendly products you can do your part to protect the environment without doing much at all.
1. Touch On, Touch Off, with Touch Sensitive Faucets.
The innovative Touch20 technology allows the tap to be controlled through a simple touch anywhere on the faucet's body or handle. Even if your hands are full with pots, or covered in suds, the faucet can still be turned off with a forearm or elbow. This prevents water running unnecessarily.
2. Replace Your Bottled Water with a Water Filtration System
Using a water filtration system on your beverage faucet is an environmentally-friendly alternative to bottled water. The filter system works with a variety of faucet styles.
3. Automatic Shut-Off; Automatic Saving
Using Infrared technology, these faucets have the ability to turn on and off by censor, preventing the waste of unused water. In addition to this automatic shut-off, electronic faucets are "green" even when they are running. Their low-flow status saves users between 1 and 2 gallons of water per minute.
4. Even Your Ventilation System Can Save Electricity
Energy-efficient under cabinet range hoods are available with multiple speeds, similar to the multi-flow faucet. The regular operating speed is extremely quiet, while it's higher speeds can be used when additional ventilation is required.
5. Heat Only Where You Want, When You Want
Cable and mat floor heating systems not only heat your floors, but the room as well. This allows homeowners to lower their central heating system while remaining comfortable, and also reducing the home's overall energy consumption. The system is controlled by an energy-efficient thermostat, ensuring the system is in use only when needed.
We love: Nuheat Programmable Solo Thermostat
6. Save Water with Every Flush
Toilets that use a high-efficiency, gravity-based flushing system require much less water to do the same job. Using only 1.28 gallons of water per flush (gpf), in comparison to an average 3.5gpf toilet, you can save over 12 000 gallons of water each year! Municipal rebates of up to $75 are available if you replace your old toilet with a high-efficiency one.
We love: Toto's Gwyneth Toilet
7. Carpets from Bottles? Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.
A number of polypropelene carpets are available for purchase. They are made from recycled materials, more specifically, bottles, which are processed into fibres and then made into carpet. This limits the amount of new materials, and therefore new garbage, being created and discarded. They even utilize the by-products of the manufacturing process.
We love: EverStrand XtraSoft
8. Choose Bamboo over Hardwood
Bamboo is a species of grass that takes only 5 – 6 years to reach maturity. It continuously regenerates, and is therefore a renewable and sustainable resource. This is, of course, beneficial to the environment. It is an eco-friendly alternative to hardwood.
9. Fans that Save without the Noise
SmartAction motion sensor automatically activates fan when occupant enters or exits the room. However, conserving energy does not have to mean compromising quality. A variety of energy-efficient fans with great performance ratings are available. In addition, new technologies allow for ultra-quiet operation. They are easy to install, and provide the option of multiple speeds. Look for those that are EnergyStar qualified.
10. Showers that Save
A variety of showerheads and handshowers are available that can lower your water consumption by up to 30%. The switch from 2.75 gallons per minute (gpm) to 1.75 gpm could save the average person 7700 gallons of water each year. Something your pocketbook and your planet will love.
11. Recycled Countertops
Made of 75% post-industrial recycled raw materials, these countertops do not create new waste, but aid in the use of old waste, which is something our environment will appreciate. These materials include recycled mirror, glass and porcelain.
12. Use Only What You Need with a Multi-Flow Faucet
With the ability to switch from the eco-friendly 1.5gpm to a higher flow for filling large pots and vases quickly, you can choose to use only the amount of water necessary for the job.
13. A Green Bath All 'Round
Prefer a bath over a shower? Many bathtubs are equipped with new turbines that use 15% less energy and reduce CO2 emissions. The product itself is often made, in part, of recycled polystyrene with LED lights for minimal energy consumption. These tubs can operate with a small quantity of water, minimizing their environmental impact.
We love: Bain Ultra's Sanos Freestanding Tub