If you're remodeling your bathroom, now is the time to consider buying materials that are good for the environment. Our informative quiz will show you how to combine design with green principles to create a cutting-edge bathroom.
If your old toilet is more than 30 years old, upgrading to a new low-consumption one can save you up to 4 gallons (15.14 liters) of water per:
As much as 30% of household water goes down your toilet. If your toilet is more than 30 years old, upgrading to a low-consumption toilet can save you up to 4 gallons (15.14 liters) of water every time you flush.
Which of the following floor coverings is the best green choice for your bathroom?
Though cork and bamboo are good renewable floor choices, they are not suited to the wet and humid environment in your bathroom. Recycled tile is durable and has a low impact on the environment.
WaterSense is a new rating system for _____ devices.
WaterSense is a new rating system similar to Energy Star for appliances that helps consumers compare water efficiency between plumbing devices such as toilets, faucets and shower-heads. A WaterSense label means the product uses 20 percent less water than similar products.
Double-handled dual-flush toilets can save a family of four 6,000 gallons (22,712 liters) of water each:
Double-handled dual-flush toilets gives you two flushing options: a full-strength, 1.6 gallon (6-liter) flush and a low-strength, 1.1 gallon (4-liter) flush. With a new dual-flush toilet, a family of four can save 6,000 gallons (22,712 liters) of water each year.
Which type of countertop has been around for years, but now offers green alternatives?
Laminate countertops have been around for years, but now offer green alternatives in addition to lots of color and design choices. Manufacturers are using recycled materials and low-VOC (volatile organic compounds), water-based adhesives to make them more eco-friendly.
Which type of concrete is the green choice for kitchen countertops?
Fly-ash concrete uses power plant waste product, called fly-ash, instead of highly processed Portland cement as a bonding agent. It's a green product because it keeps fly-ash out of landfills.
A _____is a dual duct system that removes indoor air through one duct and draws in fresh outdoor air through another duct.
A heat recovery ventilator (HRV) is a dual duct system that removes indoor air through one duct and draws in fresh outdoor air through a different one. The incoming air passes through a heat exchanger to warm or cool it depending on the season.
Which type of building material emits potentially toxic fumes?
Paints and adhesives emit potentially toxic fumes into the air and are especially problematic in sealed homes during the winter. Choose paints and adhesives with low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for your remodeling projects.
What's a simple way to save money on electric lights in your bathroom?
To save money on electric lights in your bathroom, replace your standard light bulbs with motion-activated lights. They turn on when you walk into the room and turn off when you leave.
Daylighting brings _____ into your room through the roof.
To bring natural light into a dark room without major construction, try daylighting. Daylighting uses reflective tubing, an exterior sunlight collector and an interior diffusing lens in the ceiling to bring sunlight into your room.
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