Save water and give a great gift
I believe that the ideal inexpensive green gift is a shower timer. This is a sand clock that you can flip over to monitor the length of your showers. Typically the sand clock is for a five-minute shower. What I like about this little gadget is that you save water and energy by being aware of how much time you spend bathing.
Of course, a better alternative is instead of having the water run continuously for five minutes, you actually bathe by intervals. You first use enough water to get wet, then you can use the shampoo and soap, and then rinse. However, I seriously doubt that many will embrace this idea ...
On that same line, another water conservation gift could be a Toilet Tummy.
Basically this looks like a plastic bag that you fill with water that attaches to the interior of your toilet tank. The volume of the bag will displace a certain volume in the water tank that it will otherwise by refill with water.
So every flush from that point on will reduce your water consumption. You can play with how many bags you can add before the toilet start operating inefficiently.
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Topics: Water Saving Devices
Luis Imery Luis Imery, through his business the Imery Group, is a full service construction, home energy performance, green certification and real estate group specializing in infusing sustainability in every facet of the real estate cycle. Its construction division has become pioneers in the Athens, GA area in green building of speculative, custom and design-built construction. Just in 2011 they have over 110 units slated for green certification under the EarthCraft program. www