Cool Ways to Save Water
Posted by Steve Kleber on Feb 18, 2010
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Modern appliances and futuristic home goods offer an interactive and precise user experience that promises to be both efficient and mind blowing. Despite recent trends that put a strong emphasis on vintage, consumers continue to mix both contemporary and modern, resulting in strong pieces juxtaposed with vintage and repurposed materials. With most futuristic items boasting functionality over look, homeowners are drawn to a personalized and simple experience that promises consumers cheaper bills and more time in their day. This sleek combination is unlike any other, and many designers are catching on, creating products that are beyond imaginable. From a mirror that keeps track of water consumption to a digital interface for your shower, modern technology is moving fast. The question is: Can consumers keep up?
In today’s world of green, natural products, and eco-everything, the biggest trend in product design continues to be keeping the earth in tiptop shape. Consumers still want efficiency, and companies and designers are giving it to them with appliances, natural products and devices that promise to make life easier. Many products focus on water consumption. Now, consumers can do more than taking a fast shower or turning off the water while brushing their teeth. With many products saving thousands of gallons per year, it’s possible to take water saving to a new level.
By now, we think we have seen it all. A recent innovation, however, is really turning heads. The Earth Mirror by Jim Kim is a mirror that tracks your water consumption on a daily, monthly and yearly basis using LED lights. Warm and cool colors show how much water has been used based on the water that runs through the sink to which the mirror is attached. It can even limit how much water you are allowed to use. Now that’s a product that will make you think.
Gerber Plumbing Fixtures is a big advocate of water conservation with many of its products offering WaterSense™ certified products, the Environmental Protection Agency’s partnership program that promotes water-efficient programs and practices throughout the United States. Their newest product, the Avalanche 1.28™, is a high efficiency toilet that promises to deliver outstanding performance and beautiful design while also saving big bucks. Compared to the industry standard 1.6 model, the Avalanche uses only 1.28 gallons of water per flush (gpf), saving an average of 20 percent or more in annual water usage. An average family of four can save up to 8,760 gallons of water each year. What’s more, the Avalanche is manufactured with Gerber’s XP3 flushing system, making it the most efficient unit on the market.
The idea of efficiency is in full swing with green’s end nowhere near. Technology will continue to evolve, spitting out new products that will only get better. Saving water at home will not only cut the water bill in half, but will more importantly make living feel inspiring. Plus, it can’t get much better than helping the earth.