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Earth Day 2012 Water Conservation Tips Save Money

April 21, 2012


Earth Day 22 April is the perfect moment to take several simple steps which consumers can take to help conserve the water supply and lower monthly water and sewer bills while helping the environment, respecting and protecting our drinking water supply. “Earth Day 2012 reminds us of the essential role we each play in respecting and protecting our drinking water supply,” according to Environmental Plumbing Consultant  Ricky Jones of Plumbing Parts Depot® a leading plumbing supply warehouse distributor in New York City. Water your lawn early in the morning or at night to avoid excess evaporation. Do not over water your lawn. Fully load the dishwasher and clothes washer before running. Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or in the microwave instead of running hot water over the food. When washing dishes by hand, do not let the water run. Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways. If you have a swimming pool, use a cover. You will cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90 percent. Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets can waste up to two thousand gallons of water each year in the average home. Leaky toilets can waste as much as two hundred gallons per day. Do not leave the sink running while you brush your teeth.  Check faucets for drips or leaks. Make repairs to save water. Check toilets for hidden leaks. Add six drops of food coloring to the toilet tank.  If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes. Inspect tank and bowl for cracks or leaks. Make sure toilets flush properly.  If the handle must be held down for a thorough flush or jiggled to stop the water from running, you may need to replace worn tank parts. They’re inexpensive and you’ll notice a lower water bill from eliminating the running water. Consider a dual-flush converter for older toilets, which saves water with four out of five flushes since a full flush isn’t needed most of the time. An easy and chemical-free way to clean mineral deposits from the showerhead, vinegar.  Unscrew it and soak in vinegar or fill a plastic baggie with vinegar; place it over the showerhead and hold in place with a rubber band.  Soak overnight then remove and gently scrub with an old toothbrush to remove deposits. Showerheads also have retrofit options for maximum water pressure and high-efficiency options. Check the temperature setting on the water heater.  It should be set no higher than 120° F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use. Carefully drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out corrosion causing sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater. Consider replacing a water heater more than 15 years old with a newer, more energy efficient model. Life expectancy for water heaters is only 11 years so if yours is older, you’re on borrowed time. Check dishwasher, washing machine and icemaker supply hoses for bulges or leaks, yet another source of waste and inefficiency. Replace hoses showing signs of weakness or older than ten years. Stay away from environmentally unfriendly, quick-fix drain solutions and instead make drain maintenance a monthly habit by utilizing a nontoxic bio-based pipe shield product. Clean out washing machine lint trap, if equipped. You can reutilize an old pair of pantyhose to replace a wire trap over the end of the hose that drains the washer. Check exposed pipes under sinks and in the basement for signs of leaks. If your home has a sump pump, make sure it operates properly by pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit. The pump should quickly turn on, discharge the water then shut off without any problems. In the case that you need to replace, energy-efficient models are available. Install a backflow valve in the floor drain if you live in an area where sewers sometimes back up into homes. This device will prevent future backups which wreak havoc on your home environment, are hazardous to health and require harsh cleaning agents to remedy. Inspect for slow leaks in your home by taking a reading on your water meter before bedtime. The next morning, without using any water overnight, take another reading.  If the reading has changed you have a leak that should be repaired. Install flood alarms. Like a smoke alarm, a flood alarm is an inexpensive battery-operated device that sounds an alarm when it comes in contact with water. It alerts you to potential flooding or leaks. Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris. Check for bird nests in plumbing vent pipes. Check faucets and hose bibs to make sure water flows freely.  If an outdoor faucet drips or if there is leakage inside your home the first time the hose is turned on for the season, you may have had a frozen pipe that cracked and needs to be replaced. Install inexpensive aerators on all of your faucets for water and water bill savings. “We are all stewards of the water we drink and use for other purposes,” Jones  said. “By taking these simple steps, we can feel confident that we are doing our part. Do not wait a week to fix that leak Plumbing Parts Depot has the devices to stop leaks and make you environment friendly.”

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Christmas Giving 2011 The Miniature Christmas Tree

September 27, 2011

Miniature Christmas trees are the perfect Christmas trees for your home decoration and gifting whether for corporate special customers, the elderly or relatives who live alone. Here are some really nice miniature Christmas trees that you can purchase online as a gift. Our Best Bet is a Traditional Live Miniature Christmas Tree by the Aruntx Shopping Marketplace featuring a Beautiful Table Christmas Tree Living Two Foot Spruce Decorated Gift, shop smart this holiday season for Aruntx Christmas Trees with hand-crafted beautiful decoration the Table Top Christmas Tree Live Two Foot Spruce available with white or color lights is a good choice. There is nothing better than a fresh living Christmas tree for the holidays. We also found Jackson & Perkins as another perfect place to shop. Jackson & Perkins offers miniature spruce trees that are decorated in many themes including Angels of Peace for $69.95, Christmas Ribbons and Bows for $49.95, Birds and Blooms for $99.95, Nordic for $59.95, Feather Friends fir $69.95 as well as fragrant rosemary trees shaped as a miniature Christmas tree starting at $59.95. If you are looking for a miniature Christmas tree that has the palm tree look, Toys R Us has a 24″ pre-lit miniature palm tree that is just so adorable. The miniature Christmas palm tree has 30 tips, 35 ultra violet clear lights, and a burlap base with an 18″ girth. This is such an adorable miniature Christmas tree that you will want to purchase more than one. The cost of the miniature Christmas palm tree is $19.99 plus applicable shipping charges on the Toys R Us website. Amazon has a unique 2-foot GKI Bethlehem lighting Green River Spruce Christmas tree that comes with 35 clear mini lights that are securely in place and are safety certified. The 2-foot Green River Spruce Christmas tree is delivered on a plastic stand. The miniature Christmas tree is PE and PVC sprinkled with fern-like stems, supple amethyst accented leaves for $14.99. Neiman Marcus sells a miniature Christmas tree with folk-art ornaments. This beautiful miniature Christmas tree is painted lightly in a silver and gold color and comes with a beautiful collection of handcrafted fold art ornament for you to decorate your miniature Christmas tree. The cost of the miniature Christmas tree with folk-art ornaments cost $225 with applicable shipping charges. Remember, if you purchase a live miniature tree be sure to water and keep away from heating so you may plant your treasure on Arbor Day 2012.

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American Standard To Sponsor Green Building Education Program With Green Education Foundation

March 22, 2011

American Standard to Sponsor Green Building Education Program with Green Education Foundation. The New K-12 Curriculum Helps Students Learn by Identifying and Improving Environmental Inefficiencies in Their Own Schools. The Green Building Program, a new and unique K-12 curriculum that teaches students about sustainable building, ecology, and the environment, has been launched through a partnership between American Standard Brands and the Green Education Foundation (GEF). This K-12 curriculum allows students to use their school as a teaching tool to learn first-hand about green building attributes and benefits. Students will be provided with the educational resources necessary to understand, identify, and improve environmental inefficiencies within their own school buildings. Their work, in turn, will create a healthier environment both inside the school and out, and will help reduce operating costs for their schools well into the future. American Standard has provided $300,000 to help fund the Green Building Program, assisting GEF in its development of an engaging, hands-on curriculum around water saving best practices and strategies for use in school and at home. The Green Building Program is seeking pilot schools for the new curriculum to begin in September 2011. The curriculum and its accompanying audit are aligned with U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) guidelines for what constitutes green building construction according to their LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system. “The goals of GEF align well with our education efforts to advance water efficiency measures in homes and in the workplace,” said Don Devine, president and CEO of American Standard Brands, citing the company’s broad selection of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense®-certified toilets and faucets, the Responsible Bathroom Tour that showcases these products in use, and the water savings tools and information found on the company’s website “Providing schools with the tools to educate kids on how we can be better stewards of our natural resources without sacrificing performance and hygiene is a win for everyone. American Standard is proud to be part of this worthwhile initiative.” Victoria Water, GEF president and CEO, concurs. “We are delighted to partner with American Standard in educating kids and school faculty on the resounding benefits associated with reduced water consumption, as well as introducing schools and families to water saving strategies and technologies,” she said, adding, “This program also provides a perfect opportunity to shed light on the growing and critical water shortage affecting so many regions across the U.S. and the rest of the world.” American Standard designed its Responsible Bathroom website and nationwide tour as part of an effort to educate the public on water efficiency by providing water saving facts and statistics to encourage environmentally-friendly behaviors. The company also committed $1 million to The Nature Conservancy in support of the non-profit’s global freshwater conservation efforts. ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS – American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners. ABOUT GREEN EDUCATION FUND – Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education. GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions. GEF’s National Green Week mobilizes millions of students each year to participate in eco-challenges that empower school communities to achieve measurable and sustainable goals in waste reduction and energy conservation.  For more information visit:
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IBS 2011: Luxury Fixtures from Porcher Solutions™ Collection Bring Ease and Flexibility of a Modular System to Modern Bathroom

January 15, 2011

During the recent International Builders Show 2011 American Standard Brands announced Luxury Fixtures from the Porcher Solutions™ Collection Bring the Ease and Flexibility of a Modular System to the Modern Bathroom. Infinite Design Possibilities Offered with High-Style, Mix-and-Match Products. Creating a unique and stylish contemporary bathroom just became effortless with the introduction of the Porcher Solutions™ Collection, a dazzling group of modular fixtures and furnishings that can be mixed or matched in an endless array of sophisticated configurations. The comprehensive collection includes pedestal, wall-mounted, and countertop lavatories; floor-standing and wall-mounted toilets; floor-standing and wall-mounted vanities and cabinets; and even a mirror. Each piece has a unique style, yet is designed to coordinate with every other piece for a beautifully integrated bathroom aesthetic. And because the collection is a modular system, it all fits and functions together perfectly. Created with the designer and style-savvy homeowner in mind, the collection is a single source that offers infinite bathroom solutions. The Porcher Solutions Collection is also highly versatile. Fixtures and furnishings can be configured and combined in so many ways, and are available in such an array of sizes, finishes, and installation options, that the collection is just as suitable for small, tight spaces like powder rooms, as it is for the most expansive master bathroom. The Corner Pedestal Lavatory, for example, fits comfortably in the smallest powder room, while the 24-inch Rectangle Lavatory is available for wall, pedestal, or countertop mounting, making it appropriate for most sizes of bathroom. The Porcher Solutions Collection features superior materials and finishes. Lavatories are the highest quality fire clay, and toilets are vitreous china. Cabinets and vanities feature premium hardwood construction, selected veneers, cast-metal pulls, and seven-step hand-applied finishes. The collection’s high-style good looks — European elegance infused with modern restraint — are never achieved at the expense of performance. The sleek One-Piece Compact Elongated Toilet, for instance, includes the EverClean® permanent glaze that inhibits stain and odor causing bacteria, mold and mildew on the surface. In addition to offering the comfort of elongated styling yet efficiently occupying the small space of a round front model, the One-Piece is available in a 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) model, as well as an environmentally friendly 1.28 gpf high efficiency model. Also in the collection is a wall-mounted Dual Flush Toilet, which allows the choice of 1.6 or 0.8 gpf and features a Geberit in-wall tank system for the ultimate in space-saving design.  For more information about the Porcher Solutions Collection and other Porcher luxury bath products, please visit or call 800-359-3261. ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS –  American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners. For more information, visit

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American Standard Faucets Meet 2010 Lead-free Standards

February 22, 2010

American Standard Faucets Meet 2010 Lead-free Standards. American Standard has the widest variety of faucet styles and choices that meet the strictest green building codes.   All American Standard bathroom faucets are now WaterSense®-certified and will be lead-free to meet the upcoming new standards required by California and Vermont.  In addition, all American Standard kitchen and bar faucets sold nationwide will meet these new lead-free requirements.  WaterSense does not certify kitchen and bath faucets for water-efficiency. Meeting the EPA’s strict WaterSense maximum flow rate requirement of 1.5 gallons per minute (gpm), all American Standard residential lavatory faucets. American Standard Faucets incorporate pressure-compensating aerators that provide 32 percent water savings over standard models without sacrificing performance.  According to EPA estimates, the average U.S. household can save over 500 gallons of water annually by installing WaterSense faucets. All American Standard residential lavatory and kitchen faucets will now contain less than one quarter of one percent (0.25%) total lead content by weighted average. To attain this new lead-free standard, American Standard is one of the few brands that remains solid-brass, rather than turning to plastic components.  “Brass is more resistant than plastic to chemicals in drinking water. It is also significantly less sensitive than plastic to high temperatures or temperature fluctuations, which can cause the faucet to fail and result in water damage to a home,” explained Kamen Chopov, American Standard vice president and general manager of faucets.   “Historically, our faucets have used less lead than many of our competitors, thanks to our investment in a low-lead manufacturing technology more than 25 years ago,” Chopov added. Available in the widest array of styles and profiles in the industry, American Standard’s WaterSense-certified and lead-free bath faucets are perfectly suited to a range of green and LEED projects.  All models are equipped with washerless ceramic disc valves for a lifetime of water-saving performance and prevention against the potential waste caused by a dripping faucet, which can add up to as many as 2,700 gallons of water per month according to the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD).  For more information on lead-free bath and kitchen faucets, WaterSense-certified bath faucets, and other American Standard products, visit or call (800) 899-2614.

American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high quality kitchen and bath products including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other related products. The company currently serves both the residential and commercial markets, employs more than 6,000 people in the U.S., Canada and Mexico and markets products under the American Standard®, Crane®, Eljer®, Porcher®, Jado® and Fiat® brands. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners with a minority interest held by Bain Capital Partners, Inc.

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HVACR Week mega-event 22-25 Sep 2010

February 13, 2010

HVACR Week mega-event 22-25 Sep 2010 Where The Industry Meets.
HVACR Week brings together three events to create a single, comprehensive industry expo under one roof. This mega-event will be a true destination for the HVACR industry, covering the gamut from design to installation to maintenance and service. Residential and commercial HVACR contractors will team with designing/specifying engineers and facility managers to learn about the latest trends in the industry and the best business improvement tactics. Plus, the top manufacturers and industry suppliers will be on hand to show off their latest products and services. COMMERCIAL HVACR SYMPOSIUM – a Component of HVACR WEEK 2010. This Commercial HVACR Symposium joins HVAC Comfortech and the Engineering Green Buildings Conference & Expo (EGB) for the second annual HVACR Week, September 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. The Commercial HVACR Symposium component of HVACR Week will take place Thursday, September 23, and Friday, September 24. This  mega-event covers the gamut of the HVACR industry under one roof: from design to installation to maintenance and service. COMMERCIAL HVACR SYMPOSIUM (formerly the Design-Build Seminar) – a highly powerful learning experience that will show contractors how to make the most of new opportunities in the commercial HVACR market and how to apply them to their businesses. HVAC COMFORTECH – the nation’s leading residential and light commercial seminar and showcase. America’s top HVAC contractors attend this event each year to explore new techniques, technologies and business opportunities. ENGINEERING GREEN BUILDINGS CONFERENCE & EXPO – the only green-design event focused exclusively on green engineering applications as they apply to mechanical systems for non-residential buildings. HVACR Week 2010 brings these three events together to create a single, comprehensive industry expo. Residential and commercial HVACR contractors will join design engineers, mechanical engineers, consulting engineers and facility owners/operators to learn about the latest trends in the industry and the best business improvement tactics. Plus, the top manufacturers and industry suppliers will be on hand to show off their latest products and services.

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Eco-Friendly Heating For The Home

November 21, 2009



As cooler temperatures begin to creep across the country, homeowners find themselves turning on the heat. With dependable Rheem products, homeowners have several eco-friendly options to choose from when heating their home during the winter months. Every home is unique, and so are everyone’s hot water needs. Regardless of your home size or hot water needs, an innovative Rheem whole home system is ideal for providing low cost hot water whenever and wherever you need it. With today’s rising energy costs, a whole home tankless system by Rheem is a smart choice for a wealth of reasons. If your home is located in a high altitude region, only Rheem tankless water heaters offer unique technologies for efficient operation up to and above 9,000 feet.The Classic Series 95% A.F.U.E. Gas Furnace with Dual Comfort Control™ is automatically adjusts between low-heat and high-heat settings to deliver maximum comfort and efficiency.  The furnace is equipped with a permanent, washable filter ensuring ease of maintenance and improved indoor air quality. This product is Energy Star® certified and applies for a Federal tax credit of 30 percent of the installed cost, up to $1,500. Rheem Classic® Series 90 Plus®  2-Stage Upflow Gas Furnace featuring Dual Comfort Control™ – Two stages of operation to save energy and maintain optimal comfort level. Furnace operates at 70% capacity for low-heat and 100% capacity for high-heat. Compatible with single or two-stage thermostat, for optimal performance a two-stage thermostat is recommended. Heat exchanger is constructed of all stainless steel for maximum corrosion resistance and thermal fatigue reliability. Low profile “34 inch” design is lighter and easier to handle and leaves room for optional accessories. Left or right side gas, electric, and condensate drainage connections. Integrated control board manages all operational functions and provides hookups for humidifier and electronic air cleaner. An insulated blower compartment, a slow-opening gas valve and a specially designed inducer system make it one of the quietest furnaces on the market today. Variable speed blower motor technology provides ultimate humidity control, quieter sound levels and year-round energy savings.Optional indoor or outdoor combustion air. In addition, combustion air may be piped to either the top or side of the cabinet on all upflow models. A special molded fitting is provided to ease installation. Solid bottom is standard. Control board diagnostics. A variety of cooling coils and plenums designed to use with the Rheem Classic® Series 95% A.F.U.E. gas furnaces are available as optional accessories for air conditioning models. Homeowners who purchase a qualified Rheem heating and cooling product between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010 are now eligible for a tax credit equal to 30% of the full purchase and installation price with a cap of $1,500. Remember to set your thermostat to 68°F to ensure maximum energy savings during the winter months. Happy Thanksgiving from Rheem. The holiday season can bring a blizzard of activity to any home. Family and friends stopping by for parties and extended stays fill homes with seasonal cheer, but a heavy entertaining season can also create a toll on a home’s comfort system. Multiple loads of laundry, showers running at the same time and visitors coming and going can take a lot work from your home comfort system. Now’s a great time to have a dependable Rheem contractor provide a system check up to ensure that all your appliances are running smoothly and at maximum efficiency. From the entire Rheem team, have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Season.

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MJSI Water-Saving Standout

November 21, 2009

Gain major water savings with an inexpensive retrofit by installing the HydroRight Dual Flush Converter from MJSI in any standard toilet. The device features a two-button flush valve that lets you set the amount of water used for two types of flushes. No tools are required for installation: Simply remove the old flapper and handle, tighten the converter onto the overflow tube and add the flush button. And because the dome gasket sits in the drain hole rather than a flapper, there’s no pesky chain to deal with. HydroRight™ Dual Flush Converter (HYR 270) The HydroRight quickly and easily converts your toilet into a water-saving dual flush toilet. Quick flush for liquids and paper. Full flush for solids. The Right Flush Every Time • Uses up to 70% LESS WATER with liquids and paper • Installs without tools in 5-10 minutes • Tank removal not required • Works with all standard flush valves • Eliminates flapper problems • Invented by a plumber Installation is as easy as 1,2,3: • Remove old flapper and handle • Slide Dual Flush down overflow tube (inside your tank) and tighten • Replace handle with button and set Quick Flush amount. Toilet efficiency experts at MJSI introduced the HydroRight dual flush converter at the National Hardware Show where it won both the Popular Mechanics’ Editor’s Choice Award and the Retailers’ Choice Award. Proven to reduce water usage by up to 70% with for liquids and paper, the HydroRight is the only dual flush converter that requires no tank removal, no tools and can be installed in less than ten minutes. The HydroRight works with all standard flush valves and was designed to provide an inexpensive, hassle-free way to save water. In addition, because the HydroRight’s dome gasket sits in the drain hole rather than a flapper, problems associated with flappers like leaks and broken or tangled chains, are eliminated. The USEPA estimates that 20% of all toilets leak up to 200 gallons of water a day, mostly because of faulty flappers. The HydroRight converter includes a two button handle that gives users the ability to select the amount of water being used during the flush- the Quick Flush for liquids and paper and the Full Flush for solids. Adjusting the water flow for both flush settings is quickly and easily done inside the tank. The Retailers’ Choice Award is determined by a group of retailers who search the thousands of new products at the show for the ones they think are the most innovative, have high consumer appeal and will sell well at retail. It is sponsored by Hardware Retailing magazine. The Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award is determined by of the magazine’s editors and is awarded to the top products at each year’s National Hardware Show based upon new design and innovation.

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Former Vice President Al Gore to Keynote Greenbuild Phoenix

November 12, 2009


Nobel Laureate, best-selling author, and the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary – the Honorable Al Gore will addressed thousands of Greenbuild attendees at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. as part of the Greenbuild Opening Keynote & Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Along with four terms in Congress, two terms in the Senate, and two terms as Vice President, Gore has written the bestsellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth and the just-released “Our Choice.” The first 5,000 full-conference attendee registrants received a complimentary copy of Gore’s latest book “Our Choice”. Gore is chairman of the Emmy-award winning Current TV; chairman of Generation Investment Management, a firm focused on a new approach to sustainable investing; is a member of the board of directors of Apple; a senior adviser to Google; and a partner with the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He is also a Visiting Professor at Middle Tennessee State University and chairs the Alliance for Climate Protection, a non-profit organization designed to help solve the climate. Greenbuild 2009 Has Arrived in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix Convention Center, November 11-13, 2009. Greenbuild 2009 hosted in Phoenix, Arizona, the fifth largest city in the country, and a thriving capital in the heart of the American Southwest. Phoenix’s unique environmental and social characteristics speak to the diversity of the United States and the imperative of Greenbuild 2009: Green building can and must come home to all people, boosting the quality of life across the country and around the world.

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November 8, 2009

Green Faucet

From plumbing to produce, companies are doing all they can to make their products greener. But, trying to pick the “real” green products from the crowd can be an overwhelming decision to the average consumer.

According to the website, there are more than 300 green labels – featuring everything from cosmetics and seafood to bird-friendly coffee. If you’re new to the green scene, how can you distinguish between all of the different sustainability standards? By studying up on some of the preeminent certifications, you can make more educated decisions when it comes to purchasing green goods.
“Some consumers believe that in order to ‘go green,’ they need to change every facet of their daily life,” said Jack Suvak, director of research for Moen. “But in reality, it’s much easier to take small steps and look for marks from key, recognized organizations and make responsible choices one at a time.”

Green Scene In the Kitchen
The kitchen has always been the social hub of the home – and now we’re spending even more time there surfing the web, doing homework, wrapping gifts… not to mention cooking and eating. Since we live so much of our life here, it’s a natural spot to begin making more environmentally responsible decisions. Fortunately, some of the most tenured green certifications began in the kitchen and include:
• USDA Organic – The Organic Foods Production Act and the National Organic Program are intended to assure consumers that the organic foods they purchase are produced, processed and certified to consistent national organic standards. The labeling requirements apply to raw, fresh products and processed foods that contain organic ingredients. To use the term “organic,” a product must contain 95 percent organic ingredients.
• Fair Trade Certified ( – The Fair Trade certified mark guarantees consumers that strict economic, social and environmental criteria were met in the production and trade of an agricultural product. It’s usually associated with “green products” because being kind to the Earth and the Earth’s people go hand-in-hand. It’s the notion of “consuming with a conscious.”
Going Green In the Bathroom
The bathroom is a great room to tackle next; as you’re probably already making green choices here without even thinking about it. Things like turning off the water while brushing your teeth, taking shorter showers and using green cleaning products are all easy ways to begin taking steps toward a healthier, more sustainable future. But if you’re looking for stamps of sustainability in the bathroom, begin by looking at the following certifications:

• WaterSense ( – WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), makes it easy for Americans to save water and protect the environment. Currently, WaterSense certifies high-efficiency toilets and bathroom sink faucets.

As of January 1, 2009, Moen, the number one faucet brand in North America, announced that all of its lavatory faucets are now certified to meet WaterSense labeling criteria. This certification applies to collections within both the Moen® and ShowHouse® by Moen brands, offering products with water-saving benefits along with the same great performance, style and reliability consumers have come to expect. The faucets feature a 1.5 gallon per minute (gpm) flow rate versus the industry standard of 2.2 gpm – resulting in water conservation of up to 32 percent.

• Energy Star ( – Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. EPA and the U.S. Department of Energy, designed to help consumers save money and protect the environment through energy-efficient products and practices. Initiated in 1992 to identify energy-efficient computers and monitors, the program has grown to include major appliances, office equipment, lighting, home electronics, and more. With the help of Energy Star, in 2008 alone, Americans saved enough energy to avoid green house gas emissions equivalent to those from 29 million cars – all while saving $19 billion on their utility bills.

In the bathroom, if you made the simple switch of using Energy Star qualified light bulbs, which use about 75 percent less energy than standard incandescent bulbs (and last up to 10 times longer!), you would save $30 or more in electricity costs over each bulb’s lifetime. Plus, Energy Star bulbs produce 75 percent less heat, so they’re safer to operate and can cut energy costs associated with home cooling.
Eco-Friendly Thinking Throughout the House:
If you’re ready to tackle more than just the kitchen or bath, and are prepared to spend a bit more time searching out green products, be on the lookout for these sustainability stamps:
• EcoLogo ( – Founded in 1988 by the Government of Canada but now recognized world-wide, EcoLogo is North America’s largest, most respected environmental standard and certification mark. EcoLogo provides customers – public, corporate and consumer – with assurance that the products and services bearing the logo meet stringent standards of environmental leadership. The EcoLogo Program is a Type I eco-label, as defined by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This means that the Program compares products/services with others in the same category, develops rigorous and scientifically relevant criteria that reflect the entire lifecycle of the product, and awards the EcoLogo to those that are verified by an independent third party as complying with the criteria.
• Green Seal® ( – Founded in 1989, Green Seal provides science-based environmental certification standards for everything from coffee filters to air chillers. The seal appears on hundreds of products and services from major companies such as 3M, Benjamin Moore and Andersen Windows, and the number of major product categories covered by Green Seal standards has increased to more than 40.
“While there are literally hundreds of green certifications today, the good news is that it’s definitely becoming more ‘greenvenient’ to find environmentally responsible products for your home,” added Suvak. “And consumers can make their decisions slowly and rest assured that a number of organizations are seeking to create national standards moving forward… to make it even easier to be green in the future.”

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