1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

December 2, 2008

:337 ShowerStart

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Take the 1:5:10:365 challenge: Do one thing – for 5 to 10 minutes – 365 days a year to make our home and planet environment better.

1:5:10:337 EcoTip: If you or someone in your family is in the habit of turning on the shower and letting it run to heat up while doing something else, the ShowerStart technology may be the thing for your family. With ShowerSmart, the shower head adapter cuts back the flow of water to a trickle as soon as the shower’s temperature reaches 95 degrees F. This keeps hot water from running down the drain until you are ready to enter the shower. At that point you flip the shower head switch and the water flow resumes. This helps eliminated the water and energy waste when excess water is allowed to run while waiting for it to heat up to a comfortable temperature.

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 Additional Information:

ShowerStart is available with built in shower heads, or you can use the ShowerStart adapter (shown above) to adapt your favorite low flow head.

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September 28, 2008

:272 Shower Heat Exchanger

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:272 EcoTip: A shower heat exchanger can conserve 25 to 40% of the energy that normally goes down the drain when taking a hot shower.

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 Additional Information:

Suggested Review: :144

The EcoDrain can be installed below the shower during either new construction or bathroom renovation to help increase energy efficiency by reducing hot water energy use. According to the manufacturer.

The EcoDrain is designed to make the reuse of shower waste heat practical. Its key feature is a patent-pending turbulator which optimally stirs the waste water in order to maximize heat exchanger performance in a small device.

The EcoDrain is installed directly under the shower. This minimizes heat loss and makes installation easy in new home construction and in most bathroom renovation projects. 

 

I observed this product at this years West Coast Green conference and was impressed – Contact EcoDrain at: info@ecodrain.ca or 514-448-4798

 

 

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July 19, 2008

:201 Shower Filters

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:201 EcoTip: Shower filters with KDF (kinetic degradation fluxation) are good for chlorine removal since they work better with hot water. Activated carbon works better for cold water.

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 Additional Information:

Suggested Review: :190, :191, :192, :195,

KDF is a zinc and copper alloy that reacts with chlorine transforming it into a chloride salt. The zinc and copper alloy metal helps control bacteria growth and can remove some heavy metals. Since KDF works well at higher temperatures, it outperforms other purification measures for shower and bath water, but the range of contaminants removed is somewhat limited.

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