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You and your family have decided to go "green" but it seems like such a big project. Why not start small? Take one small room that you spend a great deal of time in and work out from there.

What's most likely the smallest room in your house? The bathroom of course and if you are like most of us it's a good place to spend that one-on-one time with yourself. There are several ways you can make a big difference, all from this one tiny place.

Water is aplenty in the bathroom -- save some of it!
Aerators that you can put on faucets and showerheads are powerful yet they use only half the water. Cutting your water bill is not only good for the environment but good for the green in your pocket!

PhotoBuy green
Toilet paper has rolled out a new design -- tubeless.

So far Kimberly Clark -- the company that makes Scott Naturals -- is the only company we can find that makes tubeless toilet paper. According to the company it has the potential to reduce a portion of the 17 billion toilet paper tubes thrown away each year in the U.S., enough to fill the Empire State Building twice. PLUS if you add up all of those last sheets that stick on the tube you probably are giving yourself an extra 2 rolls a month!

Have you ever heard of a Tankless Water Heater?
They are awesome, again a money saver because you only heat the water that you use. A regular water heater keeps a big tank of water warm and waiting; the tankless heater heats it on the fly. It's sort of like an oven compared to an electric tea kettle.

Light your way to savings
Light bulbs nowadays last almost your entire life -- they burn nearly forever. If you use compact fluorescent bulbs they use 75% less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs and last 10 to 25 times longer. LEDs are even better. Your pocket is getting overloaded with all the savings from electricity.

It's all in the way you flush
You can actually save water every time you flush. Just put in a small little juice bottle or laundry soap bottle in the tank. Fill it with water, make sure the paper label is off and stick it in your toilet tank. Because you have the bottle in there you don't need as much water to fill the tank. It takes a couple of minutes to do and you can save up to two gallons on every flush. Now THATS a lot of toilet water. (Don't do this if you have a new low-flush toilet; it accomplishes the same thing automatically).

Lean, clean and green
Bathrooms are notoriously small and often poorly ventilated, so, of all the rooms in the house, this is the one that should be cleaned with green, non-toxic cleaners. Common household ingredients, like baking soda and vinegar, and a little elbow grease will do the job for most everything in the bathroom.


A Kohler waterless urinal
Why not let everyone talk about you? Be different -- install a urinal. You might think I am kidding but they are a design concept that is taking off full stream or steam. Urinals in the home bathroom make so much sense. No more battles over the toilet seat, no more gallons of water down the pipe every time. Now urinals can be completely waterless, saving even more.

Dual flush toilet
A toilet thats twice as good! Dual-flush toilets are a brilliant concept, and Europe and Asia have had them for some time. For those of us not ready to spring for a whole new system, a Canadian company called Aquanotion is offering the TwoFlush, a retrofit kit for your existing toilet. I don't think I need to go into detail about the one flush or two. Sometimes you need a bigger flush. Sometimes you don't. All in the interest of saving water.

Kermit the frog was wrong. It's easy being green -- you just have to think about it a little.

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