Taps / Guides

How to Fix a Leaky or Dripping Faucet Easily
Plumbing renos, repairs and maintenance

How to fix a Leaky Faucet for under $1 (and stop that tap dripping!)

...taps are fully closed - image © Rj Pierson It is also very much worth mentioning to the whole family that you just fixed the leaking bathroom or kitchen faucet, or they will keep on forcing the taps closed and will wear another groove in that new and soft rubber tap washer PDQ. Step 10 1/2 - clean out the faucet ...

Natural gas fireplace
Heating with gas and oil

Heating with natural gas

...taps can even be ignited. Also, extracting natural gas can hardly be called an effective use of our dwindling freshwater supplies. A study done at Cornell University estimates that over a 20 year period, natural gas fracking will have a greenhouse gas footprint at least 20% higher than coal, and according to the jour...

Urban farming

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...taps simply to keep them alive. Plants adapted to their own regions not only save water, but they require a lot less effort on our part giving more time to enjoy the garden rather than being a slave to it. Our personal ecological footprint extends beyond the walls of our home, this is why in the LEED rating system yo...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...taps, and installing a tap yourself. For a complete guide, see our pages on rainwater collection and storage . Aside from reducing your consumption of ground water and the energy required for pumping, rain water is really the best thing for your garden. Wells can have minerals that over time will contaminate your soi...

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

...taps, you can quickly select the water temperatures as well as prevent scalding by setting a maximum temperature. This is what comfort and efficiency in one package looks like. Drain water heat recovery Drain water heat recovery: Before entering your water heater, the cold water feed goes through thin copper pi...

The Best 10 Energy Saving Tips for Green Homes - EcoHome
Wall assemblies - renovation

Green home improvements: an energy-saving pyramid scheme that actually works!

...taps or shower heads, they could be costing you a ton of money. Check to see if there is the ability to screw on an aerator; if your taps are so old that you can't get one on, then you are a prime candidate for a new efficient tap . The payback for this could be a year or two, maybe just months. Low-flow showerhead...

Smart Homes, Technology & UV can Help Reduce COVID-19
Cleaning and maintenance

Keep homes cleaner & safer with smart home features & UV light

...taps, toilet handles and even the soap and hand sanitizer bottle tops and sides themselves. It is possible to put warm water, a couple of drops of dish detergent or soap and 2 tablespoons bleach per 1 quart water to make up a sanitizing solution - but bleach while effective at killing off virus's and bacteria isn't t...

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

...taps. If not, install aerators on them to reduce flow, at no loss of function. Energy star appliances: Energy Star appliances such as washing machines will not be the cheapest to purchase, but at 35% to 50% greater efficiency, they will definitely be the cheapest to operate. Depending on use, you could make up ...

Hydraloop gray water recovery and treatment systems
Greywater Recycling

At last, a compact & easy to maintain solution for gray water recycling & treatment - the Hydraloop

...taps for that, which, as an aside, is usually equal to or of a higher quality water than what you’ll get from plastic bottles. Just sayin’. We've also tried and like this on counter tap-water treatment jug . Treated gray water from the Hydraloop is also not intended for use in cooking or personal washing, just to be on...

Future proof your home by preparing and building to for climate change
Planning and Design

Homes built for Climate Disruptions: A Primer for Home Owners and Buyers

...taps and low-flow showerheads in my home and b; collecting water in rain barrels for my garden. Needless to say, watering the lawn should always be a no-no, and certainly in a drought. Instead, turn your lawn into a drought-resistant landscape . But don’t use mulch near the house because it’s a fire hazard. Wildfire ...