Green Monday: Designing an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

Green Mondays by Plumbtile

What does “eco-friendly” mean to you?  Does it mean that you conserve water?  Does it mean that you bring nature into your bathroom by using natural products?  Here at Plumbtile we are able to design a bathroom for your home where you can enjoy the natural look of stone and tile while conserving water and electricity through luxury fixtures.

Ceramic Tile Trends - Coconut Skin ChocolateBring nature into your bathroom with natural tile products.  We work with 70 manufacturers that carry tile in cork, coconut, recycled leather, IPE Hardwood, Italian Marble, Israeli Limestone, Jerusalem Stone and other hi-quality natural stones.

You can easily conserve water by installing a Luxury Low Flow Showerhead.  Moen has a beautiful selection that is also economical on our website. Choosing a showerhead with a pause feature can save you gallons of water.

Mico - Provincial Thermostatic Tub & Shower /Shower HeadConserving electricity is possible through a Provincial Thermostatic Tub & Shower Head made by Mico.  Thermostatic shower valves regulate the temperature of the water within one half of a degree of the desired temperature.  You can also install a Tankless Water Heater and save reheating 30 – 40gallons of water all day.

We have many more ideas for designing your Eco-Friendly Bathroom at our Go Green – Energy and Water Saving page. Right now we are offering Free Shipping!  To speak with a Sales Consultant please call 1-866-369-8180.

Green Mondays: Afford More Luxury with a Low-Flow Luxury Showerhead

Green Mondays by Plumbtile

Having a Low-Flow Luxury Showerhead in your bathroom from Plumbtile will save you gallons of water which means it will also save you a lot of money.  Many of us don’t think about the money we spend when we are standing in the shower trying to get ready for our day.  You would be surprised to know that for every 5 minutes you stand there you are using the same amount of energy as a 60 Watt light bulb uses in in 14 hours.  Shocking huh?

The EPA has developed a “Water Sense” program which will is currently working on efficiency standard for the Low-Flow Showerhead.  The EPA states that it takes seven and a half years for the average American residence to use the same amount of water that flows over the Niagara Falls in one second (750,000 gallons).  That is approximately 100,000 gallons a year.  Each time you take a shower you use 10-25 gallons.  A Low-Flow Showerhead only uses 2.5 to 1.5 Gallons per Minute as compared to the 7 Gallons Per Minute of a standard old showerhead.  You can easily see how a simple step as changing your showerhead can really change your water bill.  With that kind of savings you can afford a bit of luxury.

Newport Brass - Showerhead 12 Inch Dia.Making this transition is simple.  At Plumbtile we have shower fixtures from over thirty name brand bath and shower manufacturers.  Low-flow showerheads are simple to install.  Our luxury styles even include flow-adjusting dials and a pause button, which allows you to pause to lather up, and then return to the same temperature and pressure.  That small pause is an energy saving device that makes the new shower head even more beneficial.

Moen - One-Function 7 Inch Diameter ShowerheadYou don’t have to sacrifice on looks either.  Moen has a simple One Function 7 inch Dimension Showerhead that would fit in any bathroom design.  If you are looking for the pause button feature then the 2 function 9 inch Diameter Showerhead is a beautiful option.  It is also available in 5 color choices: Brushed Bronze, Brushed Chrome, Brushed Nickel, Chrome and Oil Rubbed Bronze.  Looking for the rainfall feeling in your shower then you may like Newport Brass 12 inch showerhead.  Finally, if you are looking for a Lifetime Warranty on finish and function then Jado Luxury Showerheads is a brand that offers affordability with the Lifetime Warranty.

Here at Plumbtile we want to help you live a greener life.  Whichever showerhead you choose, you will be making a positive green decision that will benefit your household and the world.  Whatever the cost is to replace your showerheads, it will pay for itself in as little as a month.  Please call us with any questions you may have and make sure to sign up for the newsletter so that you can receive rebates, exclusive discounts, sales and previews of new products.

Go Green While Getting Clean

Green Mondays by PlumbtilePlumbtile is doing back-to-back posts today as we declare that all the Mondays of 2013 be Green! That’s right! We want to do our part in helping save our planet. Our goal is to help spread consciousness and awareness about our responsibility to our environment.

Going green in your home décor can help reduce the negative impact on our planet. Starting with a small space such as the bathroom can open up a new world of design possibilities to update your home and help better the earth both at the same time.

Waste Not, Want Not

Toilets are usually the biggest water wasters in a home, consuming about 27% of the home’s total water. Installing a dual flush toilet that uses two flush buttons, one for light work and one for heavy work, can help conserve up to 17,000 gallons of water per year. The dollar savings you may experience from changing to this type of toilet design could average around $50 or more.

Kohler - Purist(R) single function Katalyst showerheadShowers also use an abundance of water, averaging around 15% to 20% of the total water usage in a home. Most shower heads have a flow rate of 1 to 2.5 gallons of water per minute. Low flow shower heads have a flow rate of 1.6 to 2 gallons per minute and can save a substantial amount of water. Some may worry that lower flow means less power and ability to clean adequately. Rest assured as there are many powerful low flow shower head options available that can give you the best of both worlds.

Quite a lot of energy is used to heat the water used in a home. A way to reduce the amount of energy used would be to sufficiently insulate accessible water pipes in your bathroom. Also, many water heaters are set to heat water to 140 degrees. By turning down the setting to 120 degrees you will help cut down on your total energy usage.

Let There Be (Green) Light

Kohler - Purist(R) single sconceLighting choices can become overwhelming when converting your bathroom to the green way. The latest bathroom remodel lighting trend consists of using LED fixtures. LED lighting options last 15 to 20 years and consume only 2 to 15 watts, which is extremely economical.

Air Circulation

It is important to circulate the air in your bathroom so that moisture, odors and mold spores do not become an issue. Exhaust ventilator fans can reduce these potential problems. Some fan systems include heated air. When this is the case, using a heat exchange ventilator will help conserve energy. These particular systems work by heating the incoming air with the outgoing air.

Jazz Things Up with Glass

You don’t have to lose your eclectic style when going green. Consider choosing recycled glass tiles to make your new eco-friendly bathroom as unique as you are. Not only do they offer beauty and color, glass tiles are particularly easy to maintain and are very durable. Friendly Plumbtile representatives can assist you by suggesting other eco-friendly ways to remodel your home and reduce the footprint left on our environment.

Your Bath Away From Home

Hotel bathrooms can easily impress or disappoint. Their details range from the basic toilet-sink-shower combination to spa-like amenities you might view at a tropical resort. Today’s society tends to live by the ‘bigger equals better’ motto and that applies to hotel bathrooms, as well.

masterbathThere are endless ways hotel bathroom design has transformed over time. Before thought of convenient ‘in and out’ spaces have become more personal. Many designers have decided to make the bathroom part of the bedroom by avoiding the separation between the two. Glass bathroom walls and shower enclosures create a sleek and open airy feel.

Why not experience the feel of ultimate luxury while staying away from home? Many hotel rooms have moved in this upscale direction for that particular reason. Most homes do not have open bathrooms, so having that different setup when staying at a hotel makes your visit that much more out of the ordinary.

Bathroom Size Compared to Bedroom Size

Think of hotels you stayed at 10 years ago versus one you stayed at within the past year. Do you notice a difference? In past years bathrooms were designed to only take up about 15% of the hotel room. Today hotel bathrooms occupy at least 20% or more of the total guest room size.

The News on Fixtures

You will find more updated guest rooms that are not shy about highlighting the once private bathroom facilities. Sinks are now often plainly viewable for convenience and could even be part of the decorative scheme of the entire room. Showers with glass walls are becoming more popular and you may even notice the lack of a regular bath tub. It is still somewhat popular to conceal the toilet in many hotel room designs. Doing so creates a more private feel for a guest that might be staying in one room with another person.

A New Luxury

New automatic flushing toilets are all the rage in Japan. It is not often on the wish list in our society, however it is possible this could become a necessity in the near future.

Check out this video from a YouTube user:
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Helping the Environment One Flush at a Time

Go Green! Some hotels are concerned about reducing water usage and they try to do so by incorporating low-flow fixtures, such as shower heads. But something screams luxury to a guest when they are being blasted with a high volume of water in the shower. Therefore such environment friendly fixtures might not always be favored.

For information on making your own bathroom more like one in a luxurious hotel suite, visit Plumbtile. And make sure to also visit http://a.pgtb.me/4pnqmH to enter our Facebook contest!

One Easy Step to a Greener Bathroom

This year it is easier than ever to get green! A very simple way to get green in the bathroom is to replace that water-guzzling showerhead for a more eco-friendly version.

Here is a video how-to from one of of our top brands, American Standard. Consider updating your bathroom or someone else’s as a holiday gift to the rest of the world!

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Participate in the Greener Living Tour

Plumbtile is happy to report that Good Housekeeping and LG Electronics have partnered to promote healthy eating in a practical way. The “Greener Living Tour” is making appearances throughout the National Farmers Market this fall. On each stop of the tour, a different chef will demonstrate how to cook healthy foods using locally grown produce. They will also highlight LG’s super-capacity French-door refrigerator and how it efficiently stores much of this produce keeping it fresh longer.

With so many products on the market today making claims of excellent performance, Good Housekeeping strives to identify products that stand out from the rest. They do this with the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. LG’s super-capacity French-door refrigerator is one of the products that has the Good Housekeeping seal of approval for its innovative features.

LG’s super-capacity French-door refrigerator has storage of 31 cubic feet and special freshness features. It is a excellent choice for storing a great amount of raw vegetables and produce as it holds up to 20% more than a standard refrigerator. This means that you will have to take less trips to the store to keep your fridge stocked with healthy food choices. And, it also has excellent energy star ratings that ensure the product will be kind to our environment over time.

Anyone who attends the event will be given the opportunity to make the “Change the World, Start with Energy Star” pledge to take a look at their lifestyle in order to save themselves some cash while saving the environment at the same time. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is sponsoring this national campaign to encourage all American’s make changes in order to protect our planet. By making this pledge, you will be entered into a drawing for your very own LG super-capacity French-door refrigerator. Stop by the tour to gain great healthy recipe ideas, learn how you can save money and join the fight to save our precious environment, as well as have a chance to win this great appliance that has the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.

Plumbtile Showcase: Native Trails

As the kids head back to school and summer begins to wind down, Plumbtile is taking a look at some of the most memorable moments of the summer, and those we have to look forward to. This year has seen many strides in kitchen and bath design, function, and responsibility. New, eco-friendly, and glamours trends are gaining speed. There is one brand, however, who has always been at the forefront of our minds when we think “green,” Native Trails prides itself on hand-crafted products which are “one of a kinds works of art” and made of sustainable and recycled materials. Native Trails also showed up with very innovative and – as always – beautiful ideas at the Dwell on design showcase of 2011.

That is why we have decided to place Native Trails for today’s showcase. Take a look at the video below to get and idea of the artistry that is Native trails design!

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If you would like to find out more about Native trails and the other eco-friendly brands that Plumbtile is proud to offer, check out our site here.

Combining Rustic Charm With Innovative Design

With so many luxury brands which focus on design, it can be difficult to choose! If you are look for a vintage look without sacrificing quality or the ecosystem, here are two of our favorite providers. Look for the EPA partnership to ensure your purchase go towards a water-conserving product!

Graff

With industry-leading designs and concepts like floor-mounted tub fillers, Graff serves up a large variety of options for contemporary, classic, and transitional design.

The Canterbury floor-mounted tub filler from Graff is just one example of their eye for vintage design, This Victorian style filler is mounted to two sturdy floor pillars, which gracefully support the bridge mounted hardware-typical of Victorian styling.

The handshower includes an optional ceramic handle insert, and the collection is available in polished chrome, Steelnox satin nickel, olive bronze, polished nickel, neo brass and antique brushed nickel to give a wide breadth of options to choose from.

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Newport Brass

Every Newport Brass product is constructed of solid brass, features quarter-turn ceramic disc cartridges, stainless steel braided supplies and 3/4″ Roman tub fillers. The price fluctuates by finish, of which there are 26.

Every Newport Brass faucet is custom-made to your specifications, and each design in available to mix-and match for a limitless variety. Many of the faucets feature an intrinsic vintage look, but it is up to you to decide which brand of classic is your favorite.

These are only two of the list of brands available at Plumbtile which not only provide superior design and quality, but help you make the transition to green living easily.

Kitchen and Bath Style Ideas From Kohler

Kohler is known for its innovation and design ideas which stem mostly from natural sources – the drama of a lotus flower can easily be turned into a faucet or showerhead in the minds of the Kohler artists.

To help us use their products in a way that suits our own needs and tastes, Kohler also presents kitchen and bath showcases to inspire our own interior design. Below is a video of one modern-yet-classic kitchen with warm and inviting colors and seamlessly integrated fixtures.

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Of course, the bathroom is not to be forgotten! While it may be one of the smallest rooms in the house, the bathroom creates quite an impact on the entire feel of your home, and really says a lot about you! You want your bathroom to send the right message and be a space that you simply love. With all of those water-consuming features, it is also more and more important to think on green alternatives. This video showcases some of Kohler’s finest ideas in the green living movement.

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There are, of course, many brands who have begun to manufacture their products to be more eco-friendly, so pairing a water-saving Kohler toilet with tile, glass, faucets, and showers from other brands to create your very own look is not a crime! Some of our favorite green companies can be found on this page to give you unlimited possibilities.

Preview of Dwell on Design 2011

Dwell on Design 2011 will be held from the 24th – 26th (that’s next weekend, folks!) at the LA Convention Center. Not only are we at Plumbtile very excited for this event, but several of our own top brands will  be there!

As many of you know, only the top brands and best designs are selected to appear at Dwell on Design, and this year promises to surpass your expectations. Here is some specific info on our favorite brands who will be there:

Blanco – Booth Number 537. Blanco will be presenting innovative sink designs such as Blanco Precis, Blanco Perfoma, Blanco Cascade, Blanco Purus 1, and Blanco Culina, designs that were produced from start to finish in three materials.

Brizo – Booth Number 339, will be featuring premium faucets and distinctive designs such as Loki, RSVP, Siderna, Talo, Venuto sets, and a Virage Sensori Shower.

Duravit – located at booth 543, and will be showcasing brand new and exciting designs by Starck, Matteo Thun, and Sieger Design for residential and public building use.

Hansgrohe – Booth Number 447, will be bringing its newest additions from top designers Antonio Citterio and Philippe Starck, which will include showerheads, faucets, and shower pipes.

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Kohler – Booth Number 247. Kohler will be featuring the new Numi, a remarkable porcelain toilet with climate-control, an I-Pod dock, and a built in bidet and deodorizer.

Lacava – Booth Number 115, will be presenting eco-friendly products including Torre Pedestal, Trevi Toilet, Trenta Pedestal, La Scala Faucet, Twin Set Bathtub, and La Scala Vanity.

Native Trails – Booth Number 220. Native Trails will be bringing a variety of sinks and bathtubs such as a Savannah Vanity, Maestro Ananda Sink, Chardonnay Vanity, Aspen Tub, Cuzco Vanity and Tatra Sink, Sumatra Vanity and Laguna Sink, and Yanamah Vanity and Eclipse Sink.

Toto – Booth Number 321, will be presenting the ultimate bath experience from Upton Faucets, Aquia One-Piece Toilets, Kiwami Showers, to Neorest Faucets and Toilets.

WetStyle – Booth Number 340. WetStyle will be featuring eco-friendly natural stone composite materials and sustainable hardwoods from floating sinks to premium bathtubs and various motifs.

We would like to congratulate all these brands before the exhibit and hope to hear lots of great news and stories after the event!