Category: ‘Green Management’

Dual Flush Toilet

September 29, 2011 Posted by Tlittle

25%-30% of the water used in each household is from the flushing of the toilet, and the average toilet uses 3.5 gallons of water per flush. With the objective of saving water, a number of companies have designed and marketed dual flush toilets. These toilets provide two flush options of different sized portions, thus enabling the user to decide which amount is necessary to clear the bowl. The half flush option as the name suggests saves water by not releasing a full flush. Utilizing a dual flush toilet can cut back on total water usage by 10-15% depending on the maximum capacity of the unit amounting on average to water savings of nearly 12,000 gallons per year. Conversion kits are available that provide the two flushing options for your existing toilet, this is also a great way to recycle the fitting that you already possess. A new dual flush toilet will cost from $200-$350 and conversion kits for existing toilets will cost around $50

Light Dimmers

September 18, 2011 Posted by Tlittle

Light fittings are one of the few electrical devices in our houses with just two functions, just on and off. Dimmers can be installed to adjust the settings and brightness of light fittings allowing you to not only control the brightness of a room but also adjust the amount of expelled energy by controlling the emitted voltage supplied to the fitting.  They are able to be fitted onto incandescent, halogen and compact fluorescent lighting so cover the most common lighting in the house. The applicable savings are quite relative as dimming your lights even 20% saves nearly 20% in energy. Dimmers can cost anywhere from $5 to $50 but the majority of installation cost will come from the electricians bill.