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American-Standard-EvolutionAn invitation for relaxation and daydreaming, tubs and whirlpools are the objects that you certainly love the most about your bathroom. In direct competition with the shower, bathtubs were able to evolve and adapt to our lifestyle over the decades. They have evolved into compact, high-tech marvels with exotic designs and are available in more models than you can imagine. To help you find the model of your dreams, here is some information about how to choose the right bathroom that will allow you to enjoy countless relaxing hours.

Materials – Here’s a quick breakdown of the most popular materials today. Cast Iron bathtubs are making a comeback in many homes around the world. With their deliciously retro look, they have more and Jacuzzi-Allusionmore followers. They offer ease of maintenance; cast bathtubs do not retain heat very well and will usually cost you a bit more than the average tub. Light and cheap, steel models are often slippery and fragile to their disadvantage and far behind acrylic bathtubs but they are well Insulating and easy to maintain. Offering a wide range of colors and styles, the acrylic bathtubs are very popular. Their only downside is the fact that they are very sensitive to scratches and chemicals. Bathtubs made of reinforced acrylic, offer the advantage of being ultra-lightweight and fully recyclable. Bathtubs in polished concrete are durable and reliable and they have the ability of adapting to various bathroom styles. If you are looking for a more exotic type of bathtub, try a wooden one, these are still somewhat little known to the majority and may have a purchase price that is higher than the average. Do your research if this peaks your interest.

Form – Classic and versatile, square bathtubs have found their place in many bathrooms. Ideal for small bathrooms, some modelsKohler-Mariposa surprisingly fit even in the tiniest bathrooms. These types of bathtubs are great for someone looking for a wide range of styles and pricing. Slightly rounded, the corner bathtubs offer significant space savings while being spacious and comfortable. Round, oval, asymmetrical, futuristic, or ergonomic bathtub designs are other forms that you may consider if you are looking for a special model for your bathroom.  These styles are more often offered with whirlpool or air bath features for the ultimate in relaxation without sacrificing too much space.

Accessories – Essential elements of the bath, the roman tub faucets must be chosen with great care, and you should try to match them with the style of your bathroom. Whether you want to place them on the side or front of the tubDelta-Foundations depends on your preference and where you’re plumbing is located. Next is the showerhead, which you may prefer a standalone or a shower system for a lot more fun. Before you splurge on an ultra-sophisticated shower head, check that your home has enough pressure; otherwise do not expect to get a very good performance. If you have young children or any kind of balance problems, do not forget the non-slip mat that could possibly save you a trip to the doctor. Grab bars are another great bathtub accessory to help older people get in and out of the tub.

Regardless of the type of bathtub you choose, it is important to make sure it will be comfortable to use. In order to do this, you should take some time to understand the functions and the ergonomics the tub you want to purchase. You can do this by researching the technical specification available on the manufacturer’s websites or at FaucetDepot.com.  Get a good idea of the size you need by measuring the space and what if anything you would need to do to modify the existing space. Take into consideration the surround of your existing bath space; is it tile or a one piece? Once you have this critical game plan and budget on paper it’s time to go shopping for the perfect bathtub and relax in style.

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American Standard started more than 140 years ago and has always been ahead of the innovation curve with quality products that look great and make your life easier. They are known for their benchmark toilets that don’t clog, easy to install quality faucets and products that keep themselves clean.  They have a full line of product innovations that are LEED, EPA WaterSense and ADA compliant and their warranties and service are unsurpassed. All of American standard products perform flawlessly without compromising on style. They offer a broad range of kitchen and bath products that can meld with any style and have a good selection of water saving products that will do more with a lot less. We’ve highlighted a few of these fantastic innovations that have kept American Standard products in three out of five homes in America.

Lead Free – Safety has always been a top priority at American Standard and starting in 2009 they converted their entire line of faucets to lead-free.  Lead at very small levels is completely allowed during the fabrication of kitchen and bath faucets. But even at small “acceptable” levels, some people just don’t want to take the chance of ingesting lead into their bodies. American Standard understands this, and has come up with a new alloy formula that replaces lead with an unusually low toxic alloy called bismuth. This means you still get the same high quality faucet you would expect from American Standard but now it’s totally lead-free.

WaterSense Certified – This label was developed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for toilets and faucets that meet rigorous criteria for both performance and efficiency. American Standard had developed many quality toilets and faucets that bear the prestigious WaterSense label. They have a line of FloWise showerheads that deliver a drenching spray and only use 1.5 gallons per minute, which saves about 40% over a standard showerhead. Their FloWise toilets use only 1.28 gallons per flush or less, which is a huge savings considering some older toilets still in use today use up to 4 gallons per flush! All of American Standard’s bathroom faucets save 32% more water than other standard faucets on the market.  Look for the WaterSense label before purchasing your next American Standard faucet and start conserving today.

EverClean Surfaces – Whenever you purchase an American Standard whirlpool or air bath it comes standard with the EverClean system. They apply a permanent glaze additive inside the circulation piping. This glaze helps protects the pipes from accumulating mold, algae, mildew and fungus, all of which could cause health issues, not to mention deterioration of the pipes. On the toilet side, the Everclean system is a double-coated surface that deters the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew on the surface. This means the smooth surface of your one piece or two piece toilet stays even cleaner between cleanings and will hold up with years of use.

Speed Connect – Calling in the plumber to install your new kitchen and bath faucet is fast becoming a thing of the past. American Standard has developed a cool new innovation called Speed Connect that easily allows you to install your faucet or toilet yourself and get to enjoy it sooner. For instance the Speed Connect sink drain that comes pre-assembled on the Tropic Centerset Bathroom Faucet  may not seem like a big feat in itself but when you realize most drains come loose in a package with as many as 14 parts to assemble,  that’s when you really appreciate Speed Connect. These drains have just 4 parts to assemble and you don’t need any special tools or plumber’s putty. The drain seals tight and the lift rod comes pre-set to the correct height for a no-brainer DIY application.

These are just a few of the many innovations American Standard has incorporated into their products to keep them an industry leader. You can see the rest of these awesome innovations for yourself HERE.  And don’t forget to shop for the lowest prices and huge selection of American Standard Products from your friends at FauctDepot.com today!

The Delta Faucet Company came to life in 1954 with the introduction of the single handle faucet. Since then they have added a great expanse of innovative products that incorporate style and award winning functionality. They have also broadened their horizons by developing two other popular brands Brizo and Peerless. The Smart Innovations that delta incorporates into their faucets and showers truly set them apart.  Delta stays ahead of the game by using technology that anticipates people’s needs and makes their kitchen and bath experiences easy and more enjoyable. Let’s take a closer look at some of Delta’s Smart Solutions that keeps consumers coming back time and time again.

ActivTouch – Starting in the shower Delta offers a full line of hand showers with ActivTouch technology. These nifty hand showers have three buttons on the back that lets you easily rotate through eight, yes eight spray options with the push of a button. It also has a “control” button which turns the full spray into a mere trickle to conserve water when you are lathering up. Plus on top of all this great functionality they are WaterSense certified so you’ll be saving water while getting a nice massage.

Multi-Flow – If you’ve ever been standing there waiting for your water efficient kitchen faucet to fill up a large pot, well….it can take some time.  Now don’t get me wrong, water saving is great but sometimes you just want to fill that pot and not wait 10 minutes. So if you want to buy a water saving kitchen faucet but want one that has a little more kick then check out the Addison and Linden lines. These beautiful looking faucets have this cool little button on them that activates the Multi-Flow feature to put your faucet in overdrive. This is just another convenient addition that Delta adds to their faucets to let you know they are thinking about you.

Diamond Seal Technology – The cartridge is the heart of your faucet and without a good one, all you have is a nice looking faucet. Delta’s Diamond Seal cartridges use a valve with a diamond coating that makes their faucets last up to 5 million uses and keeps the water inside the faucet contained so it doesn’t mix with any harmful contaminants. By using diamonds which are the hardest substances known on earth, their cartridges last up to 10 times longer than the industry standard. They also incorporated a handle stop limit which limits the range of hot to cold so you or your children don’t scald themselves.

Magnatite Docking – This is one of the most ingenious and simple things you wish every manufacturer would incorporate into their pull-out kitchen faucets. Magnatite Docking uses a simple magnet to hold the spray head firmly in place when it’s not in use. What a great idea! Have you ever owned or seen a great looking and expensive pull-down faucet that had it’s spray head hanging down ½” lower than it’s supposed to be? This really ruins the look of the faucet and probably makes you wish you hadn’t bought that model. Adding this powerful magnet will ensure you will never have a “droopy” kitchen faucet again.

EZ Anchor – For all you Do It Yourselfers out there, here’s an innovation that will make you look like a pro. Plumbing just like electrical work can be very intimidating with the copper pipes, the soldering, the hot and cold, what goes where?  Well Delta’s EZ Anchor makes installing a kitchen faucet a breeze. Just screw the hoses on the water lines under the sink and the rest of the installation is done above deck. Usually you have to awkwardly crawl under the sink on your back and try to screw the faucet to the deck in the uncomfortable dark, but not anymore. Thanks Delta!

That’s just a few of the little things Delta incorporates into their faucets lines to make your life a bit easier.  And that’s just the beginning, they have a ton more like the Palm Shower, In2ition, Touch2O, H2Okinetic, Touch Clean, and the list goes on and on. But we’ll save that good stuff for part 2 of Delta Smart Innovations. If you can’t wait to find out about the other Smart Innovations Delta offers you can see them for yourself here http://www.deltafaucet.com/smart-solutions/index.html

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Whitehaus is a company the far exceeds the industry standard by utilizing unique designs and top quality materials to completely convert the look of your kitchen. They create head turning faucets and fixtures that are the main focal point in some of the most detailed homes around the world.  If you are thinking about giving your kitchen an overhaul and you are looking for quality, then this article is for you. Let’s break down some of the main elements to turn your kitchen into a stunning Whitehaus Collection.

Vintage III Faucets – Made from hand crafted solid brass, the Vintage III collection from Whitehaus has a little something for everyone. You can find faucets in this collection ranging from bar faucets to bridge faucets, single handletwo handle and pot filler faucets.  All of these high end faucets perfectly match one another and are constructed to be some of most sturdy and dependable faucets you’ll ever use. They are offered in 7 very distinct and beautifully rich finishes that will impress even the pickiest consumer.

Farmhaus Fireclay Sinks – The perfect accent to a Vintage III faucet or maybe it’s the other way around?  These sinks are show-stoppers! At the top of the list of crowning achievements for Whitehaus is their signature Fireclay Kitchen Sinks. These sinks are no longer confined to the farmhouse; they have become a distinctive design statement and have been showcased by top designers worldwide. Each sink is individually handmade from all natural clay which ends up being about 30% heavier than regular clay. The sink is then glazed using a specially formulated process that protects the sink from stains, scratches and bacteria. Simply stated, if you want to make a big impression in your kitchen, get a Farmhaus Fireclay Sink.

Forever Hot Instant Hot Water Dispensers – As we all know, hot water dispensers are super handy in the kitchen but frankly some of them lack style and quality. Whitehaus has got you covered on both ends, their line of Forever Hot Dispensers perfectly mimic your larger faucets but on a cuter smaller scale and with the same great quality. Simply mount them right next to your kitchen faucet and install a hot water tank under your sink cabinet and you are ready to go! They will provide you up to 60 cups of steaming hot water per hour. You can also easily adjust the temperature of the hot water tank from 140-190 degrees. Forever Hot Instant water dispensers are great for instant coffee, tea, oatmeal, cleaning….the list is endless. You can also hook these little guys up to a filtered water cartridge and use them as a entertainment, bar or prep faucet.

Whitehaus Kitchen Accessories – Now that you have a few of the larger items picked out let’s turn to the little but still important details that will complete your Whitehaus Kitchen. Soap Dispensers will ensure your countertop stays clean and uncluttered, plus they are very easy to use. Sink Grids will help protect the bottom of your Farmhaus or Copperhaus sink from any scratches due to heavy pots and pans. Basket Strainers and Disposal Stopper will finish off your kitchen sink nicely and protect your plumbing from any unwanted waste trying to go down the wrong pipe.

Combining all of these elements will truly turn your kitchen into a designer showpiece. You will not only have your family and friends complimenting on what a nice kitchen you have but you will gain peace of mind when you by quality Whitehaus faucets and fixtures your kitchen.

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Commercial Kitchen Faucets are mainly used in restaurants, hotels, hospitals etc. But if you are looking for a high quality faucet that can withstand many years of heavy use, there is no reason not to install one in your home kitchen. Some more serious home chefs actually prefer a commercial or Semi-Professional Kitchen Faucet because standard faucets just don’t hold up to the demands like commercial models do.  Commercial faucets are more expensive but you get what you pay for. Some of the most reputable brands that come to mind are Chicago Faucets, T&S Brass, KWC, Moen, Delta and Pfister just to name a few.

There are really only two types of Commercial Kitchen Faucets, deck mount and wall mount. Depending on how you have your kitchen set up and where the water lines run will determine which type is best for you. You could always re-route your water lines as well if you are renovating your kitchen. But in general, if your water lines are under your counter, then a deck mount faucet is the right choice for you and if the lines are running up and through the wall then wall mount is what you should go with.

There are a few different styles to choose from depending on the tasks you want to perform. Commercial Faucets with a longer spout length are ideal for a compartment sink, while faucets with a shorter spout length are perfect for hand sinks and sanitizing stations. If you have a lot of large pots and pans then you may consider a faucet with a high neck or “gooseneck” spout to easily tower over those items. Pull out spray heads are another great choice to reach those difficult places. Also, Pull Out Faucets usually have a better aesthetic appeal than the traditional wall or deck mount faucet. If you can’t decide, you can get the best of both worlds in the Blanco Master Gourmet Commercial Kitchen Faucet. This versatile faucet has a swivelling high gooseneck spout and pre-rinse metal hand spray all in one.

A few important things to consider before you purchase a new Commercial Kitchen Faucet:

Quality & Durability – These are the benchmarks to look for and if you plan on using and abusing this faucet where a lot of food preparation and cleaning is to be done, the last thing you need is for it to break down on you when you need it most. Research is the key here, search the web to find a trusted online faucet retailer and read the reviews before you purchase.

Water Flow – You want to be sure to buy a Commercial Kitchen Faucets that has good water flow but also water saving properties. Cooking in a commercial sense will have you using a lot more energy and water than a conventional kitchen would. Look for a quality faucet with an aerator to minimize your water waste like the Delta Commercial Teck Two Handle Faucet.

Appearance – Notice this was not #1 on the list? That’s because you will have to sacrifice a little bit and sometimes a lot of design WOW when you go the commercial route. This is probably the main thing driving consumers away from installing commercial faucets in their home kitchen.  That being said, companies like KWC do make some pretty slick looking commercial faucets, so you can find that diamond in the rough if you look hard enough.

Price – Yes, you are going to pay more for a Commercial Kitchen Faucet BUT the materials used to make them are more superior, heavy duty and longer lasting than your traditional faucet, so it’s a trade off.

As you can see by going the commercial route there are pros and cons. You have to decide for yourself what is right for you and your kitchen demands. Take your time, do your homework and you will get the commercial kitchen of your dreams that will make you smile for a long, long time.

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Shop for top brand hardware at Faucet DepotWhether you are applying new hardware to the cabinets in your kitchen, laundry, bath, linen or wherever else you deem appropriate, the decision to use quality cabinet hardware and not just aesthetically pleasing hardware will pay off down the road. Be sure to consider the following elements before you make this very important decision.

Choose a cabinet hardware that you can see yourself applying throughout the house, even if you don’t plan on adding hardware to these other rooms right now. A lot of designers use this simple method, which brings a sense of continuity throughout the house. By adding these simple consistent details in the kitchen, bath, laundry etc, it will add a feeling of completeness to the overall look of your home.

Think about matching the finishes of your existing or new appliances when choosing the best cabinet hardware. Having such a large expanse of stainless steel appliances would drive the decision to add cabinet hardware that either matches or compliments stainless steel.  You can also buy new hardware that is two tones, oil rubbed bronze and brushed nickel for instance. The brushed nickel will nicely compliment your stainless steel appliances while the oil rubbed bronze will leave the room open for additional design options.

Ease of use is another big consideration. What’s the point of having really nice looking hardware if it’s totally useless or cumbersome? This should especially be thought of when considering older generations. Some people can have a hard time with cabinet knobs; in this case cabinet pulls would be the better option. Remember, all of your hardware should perform as well as it looks.

You should plan on your hardware becoming pretty mucked-up, especially if you are replacing your old kitchen or bath hardware. So, another thing to think about is how easy is to clean? Sure it looks great but if you buy new cabinet knobs that have lots nooks and crannies, then your new knobs could quickly look like last night’s dinner, especially if you have children in the house.

Quality is just as, if not more important than looks. Some of the higher end designer hardware can cost upwards of $10-20 a piece! One of the industry secrets is to not buy your hardware directly from a cabinet company. Some of these specialty cabinet companies mark up their inventory more than 300%. Instead search the web for other companies that carry quality cabinet hardware at a fraction of the cost. Quality can also be associated with name; Baldwin Hardware, Atlas Homewares and Kohler are a few known as making outstanding cabinet hardware. Baldwin also makes some of the finest door hardware on the market.

Once you have selected your style, brand and trusted online retailer and have the new hardware in hand, another way to gauge quality is by weight. When you hold it in your hand it should feel solid and heavy. This is a good indication that the hardware you purchased is forged of one piece solid brass or another durable metal and will last the test of time.

Lastly, when you are satisfied with your purchase it’s time for the installation. Installing cabinet knobs and pulls is just about the easiest DIY job out there. If the holes are already drilled and to the right size, all you will need is a Phillips or Flathead screw driver to remove the old knobs and replace them with the new. If you need to drill new holes, be sure to measure twice and drill once. Use a drill bit that is slightly bigger in diameter than the bolt coming out of the new knob or pull to ensure a proper fit. Also for brand new hardware without holes, line up all your holes in a straight line using a laser leveller. This will ensure pinpoint accuracy and make you look like a real pro!

A little forethought goes a long way and these simple ideas will ensure that your design choice works will with the rest of your home and will give you many years of delight and functionality.

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Earth Day ChecklistEarth Day was founded in 1970 and each year on April 22 is the anniversary of what many consider the awakening of environmental consciousness. Before we started to become ‘hip’ to loving the planet we were driving around in gas guzzling cars while huge industries were producing mass amounts or pollutants and water was being wasted on a unimaginable scale. The environment was seldom a topic on the evening news and an even more distant thought in the minds of most of Americans. The year 1970 marked the beginning of this powerful movement and brought these important issues to main stream America.

It all started eight years earlier with the release of Rachel Carson’s New York Times bestseller “Silent Spring” in 1962. Through her book she raised public awareness, concern for living organisms, the environment and public health.  Her book sold an astonishing 500,000 copies in 24 countries and is viewed as a keystone in the modern environmental movement. Eight years later we have the official birth of earth day due to a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin by the name of Gaylord Nelson,  he was inspired to do change our current laws and mindset when he witnessed the devastation of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, CA in 1969. Shortly after, he announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” through the national media and a strong staff of 85; they started to promote events all across America. The end result was 20 million Americans taking to the streets, parks and auditoriums to rally for a healthy and sustainable environment. This was a movement like never seen before in respect to conservation and protection of the planet.

Over the last 42 years we have had great advances in green technologies and a cumulative positive mindset towards environmental consciousness. But it doesn’t end there, and together we all have to do our part to ensure our planet stays healthy for many more generations. That’s why we have compiled this checklist of things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint and conserve water. If everyone does their small part, together we can make a big difference. Happy Earth Day everyone!

Earth Day Checklist:

1)      Don’t let the water run continuously when washing dishes, brushing your teeth, shaving or washing your hair.Delta-Filter-Faucet

2)      Run your washing machine and dish washer only when full.

3)      Install a filtered water dispenser instead of buying bottled water.  

4)      Switch out one day of driving with walking or riding your bike.

5)      Replace your old showerhead with a new low-flow showerhead; this could save up to 750 gallons a month. Hansgrohe-Croma-EcoAIR-Showerhead 

6)      Keep an eye on your water and energy bill to locate any leaks and update older appliances.

7)      Check your showers and faucets for leaks and replace your old rough in plumbing valve.

8)      Bring re-usable bags when you go food shopping.

9)      Look into replacing your tank type water heater with a new tankless water heater. Takagi-Tankless-Water-Heaters

10)   Set a timer when you shower for 5 minutes, this will save hundreds of gallons a month.

11)   Put food coloring into your toilet tank, if it shows up in your toilet bowl without flushing, then you have a leak and should replace the toilet flapper. This could save over 500 gallons a month.

12)   Swap out incandescent lights for energy efficient fluorescent bulbs.

13)   Upgrade your old toilet with a new high efficiency toilet or dual flush toilet. Kohler-Dual-Flush-Toilet 

14)   Check your faucets for leaks and replace the cartridge if necessary, it’s a great DIY job.

15)   Check to make sure your sprinkler system is not over watering your lawn and only water early in the morning or late in the evening.

16)   Keep an eye on the Energy Star rating when buying new appliances, the higher the better.

17)   Install water saving aerators on all your faucets.

18)   Instant Hot Water Dispensers are a great alternative to running your hot water or using a microwave. Hot-Water-Dispensers

19)   Support local organic farms when it’s time to shop for food.

20)   Shop for faucets that have an EPA WaterSense label that can save 20% or more than a standard faucet.

21)   Turn off all your electronics and lights before you go to sleep.

22)   Switch to paperless statements for all of your bills.

23)   Garbage Disposals are great for breaking down food waste which is harmful in large quantities when left to decompose at a Garbage-Disposers landfill.

24)   Add a ventilation fan in your kitchen, bath and utility room to remove humidity which could cause harmful mold spores.

25)   Pass it on! Teaching younger and older generations about environmental conservation is the only way we can ensure a healthy planet.

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Dual Flush ToiletIt seems like Americans are just starting to realize the real importance of water conservation. The Environmental Protection Agency or EPA has been studying water conservation for some time now and they’ve found that the situation is much more serious than we think. They estimate that by as early as next year we could have severe water shortages in over 30 states. This is due to the fact that we have no limitations on water usage in some parts of the country, unseasonably dry weather and the current water treatment plants are inefficient and out of date. Dual Flush Toilets can play a big part in immediately reducing how much water we waste and if everyone would do their part we could drastically change this gloomy outlook for the better.

Caroma is credited for creating the first two-button flushing system in 1980. This revolutionary design let the user choose either aCaroma-Caravelle-Dual-Flush-Toilet half flush for liquid waste or a full flush for solid waste with the simple push of a button. By 1993 a lot of countries were adopting this technology due to the rising cost of water, increased environmental awareness and government regulation. The United States is not far behind, with water shortages on the horizon it may only be a matter of time until Dual Flush Toilets are a permanent fixture in every bathroom.

Besides saving water, Dual Flush Toilets have another distinct advantage. Standard toilets use a lot of water to create a siphoning effect when disposing waste. Water quickly fills up the bowl and siphoning tube which causes a suction effect that pulls the water down the drain. Dual Flush Toilets on the other hand have a larger trap way and a wash down flushing design that actually pushes waste down the drain instead of siphoning. Since there is no siphoning required for a Dual Flush Toilet, the whole system requires less water per flush and the larger trap way lets the waste exit the bowl without clogging up the toilet.

Check out this video to see the difference from a standard toilet and a Caroma Dual Flush Toilet.

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Even though Dual Flush Toilets are not mandatory in every American home, the government has taken their first positive steps in mandating water consumption. Since 1994 all toilets sold in the U.S. were required to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. This has caused other leading toilet manufacturers like Kohler, Toto and American Standard to come up with their own versions of High-Efficiency Toilets. These HET’s use technologies like gravity flush, dual flush and pressure assist all while meeting or exceeding the 1.6 gallon per flush maximum. This technology has proven solid but some users prefer a Dual Flush Toilet over a high efficiency toilet because it gives them greater control over the amount of water used per flush.

Toto-Aquia-Dual-Flush-ToiletEven with the changes in law almost two decades ago, there are still millions of toilets in use that use up to 4 gallons per flush! To get these toilets out of commission the government has offered rebates and tax incentives to home owners with some success but there is still a lot of work to be done. With the amount of pre-1994 toilets still out there and the average person flushing a toilet five to eight times a day, we are wasting an astonishing 2 billion gallons of water a day in the United States alone. Water conservation is fast becoming a huge issue and with our growing population, insufficient water treatment plants and ever increasing droughts, we will all have to do our part for the sustainability of the planet, So please consider replacing your old toilet today!

Read more about Green Toilets here!

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Grohe-FaucetsGrohe has been making quite an impression in the kitchen. They offer a wide array of designs to match your personal style and budget.  Grohe Kitchen Faucets are a skillful balance of German quality, innovation and design. By utilizing only the best materials and the latest technologies, these kitchen faucets are proven to deliver years of reliable performance. While other faucet manufacturers are bringing in celebrity designers, Grohe has turned to their internal design team to create award winning designs and this confidence from within has paid off. Led by Paul Flowers, the Grohe design team was recently awarded the Red Dot design team of the year award for 2011. This prestigious award is presented annually to international design teams which continuously produce innovative work.

Award winning designs are only as good as the technology inside and it’s this technology that makes Grohe Faucets one of the most dependable brands on the market.  Grohe’s ongoing investments in world-leading technologies allow their faucets to be easy to operate and perform perfectly through the test of time. This technology is also incorporated to the conservation of water as well. Grohe understands how water works and how much of a precious resource drinkable water really is. They put a lot of effort in incorporating sustainable systems, like their line of WaterCare kitchen faucets that can reduce water consumption by 30%. Let’s take a closer look at a few of these innovative technologies that keep Grohe Kitchen Faucets performing at the highest standards and looking great while doing it.

GROHE SilkMove – Acting as the heart of your faucet, these cartridges are produced from an advanced ceramic alloy and then coated with a special Teflon lubricant for almost friction free operation. These cartridges ensure a lifetime of maintenance free reliability and are so easy to use they can be easily controlled by just one finger. They feature a larger operating angle which delivers exact temperatures in one effortless motion.

GROHE Whisper – This technology guarantees your kitchen faucet will operate at the quietest level possible with no irritating noise or spattering water. The only sound you will hear is water hitting the bottom of your sink.

GROHE StarLight– Having perfected the art of plating over the past several decades, this chrome finish is in a class of its own. Several deep layers of nickel and chromium blend together to produce one of the best faucet finishes in the world. When completed this finish has a mirror like sheen that is soil repellent, non-tarnishing and scratch resistant. The StarLight finish is will look as deep and rich as the day you bought your faucet.

GROHE RealSteel– Faucets that tote the RealSteel finish are made with solid grade 304 stainless steel. This is the preferred faucet material for commercial applications and the demanding home kitchen. This material is food neutral, which means it is resistant to acidic foods like oranges and tomatoes. It is also easy to clean, non-corrosive and nearly indestructible.

Grohe Kitchen Faucet Collections are available in a lot of different styles and models to fit any home decor, from modern to timeless, Pull-out, Single-Handle, Two-Handle and more. Let’s take a closer look at a few of the more popular Grohe Kitchen Faucet Collections.

GOHE LadyLux 3– This is Grohe’s best selling pull-down kitchen faucet and an upgrade from the previous model, the LadyLux.Grohe LadyLux 3 CafeThe LadyLux 3 features a more streamlined body than its predecessors and the new design effortlessly merges with your countertop to create the perfect union. Available in 3 models the LadyLux3 Plus, LadyLux3 Café and LadyLux3 Pro, all feature dual pattern spray heads and a forward rotation handle to reduce backsplash installation limits. This collection also features SilkMove cartridges, SpeedClean technology and is available in StarLight, SuperSteel and RealSteel finishes to satisfy any décor.

Grohe K4GROHE K4– This collection is offered in both main sink and bar/prep models. Designed to compliment your commercial grade kitchen appliances, the K4 appeals to people that are both serious at cooking and creating a beautifully functional kitchen. The pull-out spray head is ergonomically designed for your hand and the well placed button lets you effortlessly switch through the different spray modes. This faucet has the patented SilkMove cartridge and SpeedClean anti-lime system which maintains a like-new spray function with a simple swipe of the spray head.

GROHE Bridgeford – For those looking for a more traditional design in a Kitchen Faucet then look no Grohe Bridgeford Kitchen Faucetfurther than the Bridgeford faucet. This collection comes in three different flavors, with the first design taking its cues from the designs of the K4 and the LadyLux except the Bridgeford pull-down faucet has a lot more intricate detailing to accent any Victorian styled kitchen. The other two models in this collection are the Bridge faucet and Widespread Kitchen Faucet. Old World detailing is perfected on these designs but inside they come with the 21st century technology you can depend on. The bridge faucets are offered in rich oil rubbed bronze finish and the collection is completed with bar faucets to perfectly accent your kitchen.

These three collections are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Grohe kitchen faucets. They offer a huge range of faucets with unique designs and product features that makes them ideal for any family kitchen.

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garbage disposerHow many of us really think about where our food ends up when we throw it in the trash? For the most part food waste is trucked to landfills, where it is dumped and left to decompose. Nearly 19 billion tons of food each year reaches its final destination this way. You may be thinking to yourself, no big deal right? Isn’t that where food is supped to end up when we are finished with it? The only problem is, once your food reaches the landfill and starts to decompose and emits methane gas. This may not be a big deal in small quantities but on a large scale this can become quite problematic. Methane gas is at least 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide gas and a major contributor to global warming. Even though most of the media attention and global warming articles focus on CO2, methane gas is much worse.

This is where food waste disposers or garbage disposals come in to play. They serve as an environmentally responsible alternative to trucking food waste to landfills, which in turn helps to reduce green house emissions. By sending your food waste through a garbage disposer, it drastically cuts down the size of your waste and the amount of methane gas emitted. Some more high tech, waste water treatment plants even have the capability to turn your processed food waste into renewable energy which can be turned into electricity and fertilizer which is essential to the growth of new fruits and vegetables. Garbage disposers play an iatrical part in the complete recycling process. Check out this video and see for yourself!

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As far as what brand of disposal to choose, InSinkErator is the best-selling brand in the world and for over 75 years they have been the top choice of plumbers, builders and home owners. They are continuing their tradition of very efficient and earth friendly disposals with the Evolution Series. These disposals are the best grinding and quietest line of disposers on the market. InSinkErator’s patented MultiGrind and SoundSeal technologies put them in a class all on their own.

Evolution-EssentialSoundSeal Technology makes sure you never have to put a conversation on hold when you run your garbage disposer. In fact the Evolution series runs 40% quieter than other standard disposers on the market. They use a combination of advanced sound insulation and anti-vibration components to achieve this remarkable effect. If 40% quieter is still too loud for your needs, they also offer SoundSeal Plus found on their Evolution Excel and Evolution Cover Control models. This melding of multi-layered sound blocking reduces the noise by 60% and lets you have a conversation with normal voices while the disposer is busy chewing up your left-overs.

On the grinding frontier, InSinkErator hits another home run with MultiGrind and MultiGrind Plus Technology. MultiGrind is aEvolution-Septic-Assist two stage process which enables you to grind up your food waste a lot better than with pervious disposers. Two stage grinding is great for traditionally difficult foods items like bones and drain clogging foods like celery and potato peels. You can find MultiGrind Technology on InSinkErator’s Evolution Essential and Evolution Compact models. MultiGrind Plus Technology is for the serious grind fanatic. This is a three stage process that allows you to grind almost anything from rib bones to corn cobs. The patented Plus Technology also includes a Jam Sensor that virtually eliminates jams caused by food waste. With Five models in the Evolution series, you can be sure to find one that will fit all of your disposer needs.

InSinkErator-Badger-5XPAt a lower price point but with all the reliability InSinkErator is known for is the Badger Series. The interior has rugged galvanized steel construction with a powerful Dura-Drive motor. This series includes the Badger 1, Badger 5 and Badger 5xp, with 1/3, 1/2 and 3/4 horse power respectively. You can find the badger series of disposers in R/V’s, condos and apartments where the demand might not be as great as a larger home.  But don’t let their little size fool you; this series is just as hard working as their big brothers in the Evolution series.

Adding a new garbage disposal or replacing your existing model is a positive step towards conserving the environment. It will significantly cut down on the toxic gasses produced by food waste and the expense to you is minimal. By processing your food waste properly, you will be doing an important part in the recycling process, which can make a big difference in the long run and that is a good thing for all of us.

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