5 tips to avoid a plumbing emergency during the holiday season

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Preventing plumbing problems in the kitchen during the Thanksgiving holiday is easy as pie, if cooks know the do’s and don’ts of their drains and garbage disposals.

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Recognition and certifications of hot water saving device provides homeowners confidence

It is comforting for homeowners to see a comprehensive list of recognition and certifications a device acquires from industry leaders and government agencies.

TOTO launches app to calculate returns on green product investments

A new app from TOTO provides consumers and professionals with the ability to calculate their green product purchases' return on investment and return on environment in a matter of minutes.

My demand control pump experience

As publisher of ProudGreenHome.com, I'm fortunate to be able to interact directly with some of the best and brightest people in the green building movement.

Plumbing fixtures deliver water savings for Proud Green Home of St. Louis

One of the green certifications that the builders of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis plan to achieve is the EPA's WaterSense designation, and the plumbing fixtures are part of the water-saving strategy for the home.

Which is the right flapper for my toilet?

Here is a quick tutorial on types of toilet flappers. The toilet flapper is a rubber mechanism in your toilet that opens to let water out of the toilet tank when you flush and closes to allow it to refill.

Six solutions for water and energy efficiency

The ACT D’Mand Kontrols® System is a patented and proven re-circulating pump easily installed in a home’s existing plumbing system designed to eliminate running the hot water line for a minute or two to finally get hot water at your faucet.

Waiting for hot water is costly and wasteful

Think about this. There are approximately 90 million single-family homes in the US where the hot water faucet is turned on to run a minute or two to finally provide hot water. That amounts to 7,000-10,000 gallons of fresh water per year per home.

Simple home water conservation practices really add up

Most of us have grown up with “limitless” water. You turn on the faucet and it is always right there. But as we have seen in the drought-stricken SW United States and as far as northern California water has become a critical commodity.

Demand control pumps deliver comfort and save water and energy

The ACT, Inc. D’MAND Kontrol® hot water distribution system works by circulating ambient temperature water that normally goes down the drain back to the water heater through the cold water line.

Thermal imaging cameras highlight energy lost in homes as hot water goes down the drain

Thermal imaging cameras have long been a tool used by home performance contractors. But every day, energy leaves the house in an often overlooked way, in the hot water going down the drain.

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Closed-loop flush toilet system ready for testing

An off-the-grid toilet system designed for developing world locations without adequate sanitation is ready for field testing, according to Kohler Co.

Data shows energy efficiency pays off for multifamily housing operator

Jamboree Housing Corporation reports that, based on an internal review of its 2013 operating expenses, the combination of energy efficient design and advanced construction techniques used in its newer developments does, in fact, reduce utility costs.

Smart sprinklers grow green grass and save water

A new digitally controlled lawn irrigation system adapted ink-jet printing technology to apply the right amount of water in the right places to reduce water use by up to 50 percent.

Wash harsh detergents out of your laundry routine

A new industrial-strength laundry device cleans better than detergent and eliminates potentially irritating chemicals. Michael Munsterman, president of Wash It, was looking for a better way to do laundry and found that commercial ozone machines were able to remove infectious...

Water treatment devices certified under new standards for emerging contaminants

For the first time, water treatment devices have been certified for effectiveness in reducing trace levels of contaminants in drinking water.

US water heater regulations getting tougher in 2015

New standards for water heaters will force changes on homeowners, builders and plumbing contractors while saving tons of carbon dioxide emissions and energy at the same time.

Building science behind the Proud Green Home of St. Louis

The development of the Proud Green Home of St. Louis highlights just how far green building science has advanced.

Know the signs to repair or replace your water heater

If you're experiencing water heater problems, it can be hard to know whether to repair or replace a system that's not performing well. Water heater service can be notoriously tricky for home owners because there is a lack of knowledge...

Fluidmaster honored with Golden Hammer Award

Fluidmaster was one of 31 companies honored with a Golden Hammer Vendor award at the 2014 National Hardware Show. The company, a manufacturer of toilet and faucet repair parts, was profiled by Home Channel News for its corporate citizenship as...

More California towns saving water and energy with HERO program

To help residents combat the ongoing drought and reduce energy use, 24 additional California communities launched the HERO program that allows homeowners to pay for qualifiying home improvements through their property tax bill.

Tankless water heater designed to stop water waste

A new water heater can help stop wasted water and energy flowing down the drain.

Historic home nearing goal of net-zero after deep green remodeling

A 110-year-old home is on its way to becoming a net-zero home thanks to a deep green remodel that’s still in progress. When Matt Grocoff and his wife, Kelly, bought a 110 year old Folk-Victorian home in Ann Arbor’s Old...

Water saving showerhead delivers high-energy spray

Tired of the same old shower routine? Now it’s easy to add a comforting and refreshing boost to your daily shower. Moen's Avira showerhead features new HydroBoost technology, allowing for a superior and invigorating shower, while also helping to conserve...

Recycle lost hot water energy with shower drain recovery

Consumers know hot water costs money. But they may not be aware that it's the second biggest energy expenditure after heating and cooling. For homeowners looking for a way to stop wasting energy, Ecodrain is the first practical heat recovery...

UV system eliminates need to boil drinking water

The risk of water contamination has risen as an increase in local boil alerts has swept the nation from water system problems such as line breaks and contamination. If your local water supplier frequently issues boil water advisories, an ultraviolet...

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A leaky toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water per day, putting extra strain on your checking account and the environment. Fluidmaster provides many solutions to everyday toilet problems, helping you to maintain your toilet and plumbing systems. With water conservation becoming an increasingly important issue for the majority of Americans, making water–conscious decisions is more prevalent than ever.