Unplggd's Sonia Zjawinski recently moved to a new house in Northern Cali outfitted with a common feature in Europe and Asia, but still a rarity in the States: the tankless water heater. We've discussed the importance of the installed location of these energy saving appliances, and now Sonia goes into detail about whether the on-demand heaters are the right choice for your household for the NY Times' Gadgetwise blog…totally worth a read if you're considering switching to a tankless setup.
Durable, resilient flooring is always a good option for high traffic areas like kitchens and mudrooms. Eco-friendly cork and linoleum have been popular choices in recent years, but now there’s another option to check out: recycled cork and rubber.
With another spike in pollen this week that shows no signs of abating over the long weekend, we are again looking for some tech solutions to the Spring Problem (what we call allergy season). The last pollen count explosion sent us scrambling for an air filter for our home office and bedroom which we are happy to report has really helped our symptoms. Since both of those are small spaces, we decided to share our air purifier research in the form of a roundup of well reviewed air purifiers that are just perfect for home offices.
Last week I wrote about ways to reuse household water for plants, but for larger gardens or during drier times of the year, you might need a little backup. Hoses and sprinklers seem like simple enough devices, but there are actually several factors to consider before turning on that spigot.
For most of us, setting up a grey water system— that is, setting up a system to recycle waste water that's only slightly contaminated to use for flushing a toilet or watering plants—is too complicated. Water Legacy aims to change that by bringing a mainstream grey-water recycling system into the home.
Going tankless? Awesome! Tankless water heating systems can shave 10 to 20 percent off your water-heating bill compared to traditional hot-water tanks. But while you're using less propane, you might be wasting more water. Surprisingly, the location of your tankless heater in your home plays the biggest role in how much water you use.
Some spaces like the bathroom, mudroom, or garbage area would be well served with a fan that vents to the outside. Unfortunately sometimes the space or budget doesn’t allow for it, in which case we’re stuck with a stinky room and not many options. We round up a selection of time release air fresheners for your home to help deal with the stink.
Spring has wreaked havoc on my sinuses. One minute I'm fine, the next my nose is running like a faucet. An hour later, I can't breathe at all. Not to mention the headaches from sinus pressure! Since I only use medication as a last result, natural remedies get me through most of my pollen/mold/dust-filled days.
Turning on the faucet or hose may be the easiest method for watering indoor and outdoor plants, but there are plenty of ways in which household water can go directly into the garden and not down the drain, saving both money and resources.
The Environmental Health Clinic, based at NYU, is a clinic and lab, just like other health clinics at universities, but with one big exception: this clinic dispenses prescriptions for solving your local environmental concerns (rather than your individual health concerns).