Aching to go green but don't know where to start? Making your home more power-efficient and Earth-friendly has moved beyond obvious upgrades like swapping out incandescent bulbs for compact fluorescents or installing a couple of solar panels. A lot of environmentally friendly home renovations have emerged in the last couple of years, and they're easier to implement than ever before. Even better, lots of them look sexier, too. Here are 10 new green renovations you could be seeing in your home or your neighbor's soon.
1. The EcoDrain
WHERE YOU'LL FIND IT: In the shower
WHAT IT DOES: Typical showers use lots of heat, but when that hot water hits the drain, it's still pretty warm. EcoDrain works as a small heat pump, using the leftover heat from "used" water to help warm the incoming stuff. Don't worry: clean and dirty don't ever mix, and it squeezes out the extra heat that would otherwise help warm your city sewer system.
HOW IT'S GREEN: Heating hot water is one of the biggest single energy costs in a typical house, and therefore possibly one of the biggest sources of your home's carbon emissions. EcoDrain cuts energy use for a normal shower by almost 50%. The downside: It's an extensive installation, since it's hidden in the floor under your shower.
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