January 25, 2010
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June 30, 2009
Solatube recently announced upgrades to two models of their tubular daylighting devices (tubular skylights). The upgrades qualify their products for a 30% Federal Tax Credit under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The two qualifying products are the 160DSe and the 290DSe. Both are improvements upon the 160DS (the one I installed in my home), and the 290DS.
Solatube is the first company with tubular daylighting devices that exceed low Solar Heat Gain Coefficients (SHGC), and U-Factor ratings specified in the federal Act. This is why their products qualify for the Federal tax credit!
What are SHGC and U-Factor you ask? These ratings come from the National Fenestration Rating Council. We demystify both terms in detail for you in a previous article here on GetWithGreen. Essentially, a low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient means that your window or tubular device will block heat from sunlight. A low U-Factor means that heat has a difficult time escaping. These ratings matter to you because the tube from these skylights runs through your attic. You want to prevent as much heat from coming in during the summer, and limit the amount of heat lost during the winter. The lower these ratings, the less your attic Read more
June 28, 2009
High efficiency toilets, or HETs have been on the market now for years. We wrote about them two years ago when we launched GetWithGreen.com.
Essentially high efficiency toilets conserve a lot of water. Many older toilets use 3.5-5 gallons of water per flush, and newer high efficiency toilets from Kohler or Caroma use far less (0.8-1.6 gallons).
Having recently installed Kohler Revival HETs in my remodel, I am extremely pleased with the quality. Even with two small kids cramming just a bit too much toilet paper, the toilets perform incredibly well. Also, since so little water is used, the toilet does not run for five minutes afterwards!
Make sure you check with your manufacturer of choice, and your local water company for rebates after purchasing your new toilets. There are many programs available to save money. Here is an example of a special savings from Caroma that is offered in a drought affected portion of Texas:
City of Alamo Heights Launches Toilet Replacement Program
Caroma and Morrison Supply help save water and costs with dual flush high efficiency toilets
Caroma, the leader in dual flush toilets and stylish sinks, is partnering with the City of Alamo Heights and Morrison Supply Company in Texas on a toilet replacement program for Alamo Heights water customers. The new program started on June 10th, 2009.
Due to drought conditions, Alamo Heights is experiencing Stage 1 water restrictions. This includes limiting landscape watering to one designated day per week at specific hours, no impervious outdoor ground washing (parking lot, driveway, etc.), restaurants serving water only when customers request, and several additional restrictions. As part of these ongoing efforts to conserve limited water supplies, the City of Alamo Heights has created the toilet voucher replacement program to help conserve water in the house.
Approximately 30% of water in the home is used to flush a toilet. Many older toilets use 3.5 or 5 gallons of water per flush. The voucher rebate program enables homeowners to purchase a water-efficient Caroma toilet at a reduced cost and Read more