Earth Day!

My family is currently considering building a home in the Santa Fe area, and so I have begun to gather GREEN ideas that are not too costly to implement. I do welcome your finds in this area.

Recently saw the new flush toliets; a button on the back of the toliet lets you choose a half-flush or a full flush! Now that is cool! Find more information here: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/03/dual_flush_toil_1.php

Another area is working in solar power for outdoor lighting needs- not your Walmart solar path lights.. but on a grander scale. Look here for lots of ideas: http://www.solarhome.org/

Also to consider are devices that will completely cut power to outlets to save on current being sucked out even while the appliances are off. I have seen power strips that can do this, or even a remote control unit.

Definitely to consider are the tankless water heaters; I had one in my previous home in Montana.. loved it! I believe I discussed this in an earlier post including rebates available for them.

Wind power- our area receives seasonal spring winds… why not harness some of this? OK, yes, these big systems are still costly, but how about the new HYmini? http://www.hymini.com/
This unit puts wind power into a handset, storing electricity for small devices like cellphones. HEY.. every little bit counts!

Please note that lenders still require homes to be on the grid- plan on hooking up, but using the alternative power sources to lesson your usage, and to lesson your carbon imprint!

GO GREEN!

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