A Guide To Green Housing: Save The Planet Without Leaving Home

Many people are looking for a way to make a difference in the environment, and some are lost. But a major way to contribute to the green movement and reduce your carbon footprint is to follow new trends and technology in green housing.

Go Prefab

Many housing companies and architects are getting into prefab homes. What used to be thought of as a cheap housing alternative, like standard manufactured homes in the 1980s and 1990s, is now becoming a greener, more efficient way to produce high-style housing.

Prefab Homes
Prefab Homes : source

Prefab homes are assembled most or all of the way in a factory and then brought to the home site on a flatbed truck. This way, all the materials to build the house and the workers go to the factory instead of each individual home site, and this is a more efficient way to build homes. They can also be built much cheaper this way.

While some prefab homes still have about as much charm as a double-wide trailer, there are many firms going ahead with high-design green options, like Michelle Kaufmann and Rocio Romero.

Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

When you think about all the materials that go into building a house, it doesn’t seem possible that you could use totally post-consumer material. But you’d be wrong. A new trend in green building is using salvaged lumber and other materials, like doors and fixtures. What’s more, they can be less expensive and they sometimes benefit charities. When homes are destroyed, all the salvaged materials are often taken to a reseller, and that’s where you can find them. A simple Internet search for “salvaged building materials” in your city should tell you where to find them.

When you’re not too keen on using someone else’s old materials, there are also recycled materials available from manufacturers, like recycled glass tile and floors made from recycled plastic.

Grey Water System
Grey Water System

It’s important to look to recycling not only as a part of building the house, but of living in it too. Consider the installation of solar panels to recycle the sun’s power into energy, or a grey water system to recycle the water that runs through the house.

Septic tank installation into the ground
Septic tank installation into the ground

Think Tiny

One of the keys in the green housing movement is to only build a house that’s big enough for your needs. That means living with less space and less stuff, but it also means an opportunity to get outside more and to bring yourself back to simple living that will inspire you to continue a green lifestyle.

The green housing movement
The green housing movement : source

One company that is striving to provide chic, well-designed green small homes is the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, which offers plans for homes from 65 to 837 square feet. There are also many other firms that specialise in small homes, knowing that efficient, green living is the product of only using what you really need and saving more energy and building materials for the future.

Install a Toto Electronic Toilet Bidet Seat for Eco Toilet Luxury

In Japan, bathroom culture revolves around what market leader in bathrooms Toto calls the Washlet, an electronic toilet bidet seat that offers an eco-friendly and hygienic alternative to bog-standard toilet paper. Toto have sold over 25 million Washlet systems in Japan where over 70% of households use toilet bidets rather than conventional toilet systems.

This article looks at the benefits for both the young and the elderly.

Why Use an Electronic Bidet Toilet?

Bidets have been around for a long time but conventional bidets are low on the ground and are not practical to use for many people. An electronic bidet toilet, on the other hand, combines the acts of urination and defecation with eco-friendly hygienic after-cleansing that requires no toilet paper.

Electronic Bidet Toilet
Electronic Bidet Toilet

The advantages for the elderly and disabled are obvious in that they can enjoy toilet privacy without the humiliation of needing a helping hand. And for those who simply want a little bathroom luxury, it’s a simple matter of sitting down to business, then pressing a remote control to allow warm water to gently cleanse bodily parts and let the warm air drier finish everything off.

Toilet Bidets – Go Green and Save on Toilet Paper

The Toto brand prides itself on what it calls “Clean Technology” and has launched its toilet bidets in the UK and European markets in the last couple of years. Potential buyers in the UK can try out a Washlet in one of three Japanese restaurants in London, Manchester or Birmingham.

Save Toilet Paper
Save Toilet Paper

Those that try the Toto Washlet toilet bidet seat inevitably want to know where they can get one as they experience the pampering and purifying pleasure that leaves the user feeling “clean and happy.”

Toilet Seat Bidets for the Young or Elderly

Parents will enjoy using toilet seat bidets for themselves as well as with their children as a great way to encourage toilet training; after all who can resist playing with a remote control or a side panel with lots of buttons to press?

And there are additional ecological savings to be made other than toilet paper as the fun of going to the toilet armed with a remote control replaces the need to fill the room with magazines!

Cost of a Toto Toilet Washlet

There are several different models to choose from in the Toto toilet Washlet range with prices starting from just under £460 for the entry level model with side panel control rather than a remote and with fewer features.

Toilet with electric seat automatic flush
Toilet with electric seat automatic flush

The top of the range £400 model has a list price over £1300 but can be purchased on Amazon for less than £1000. For that, users can enjoy a toilet seat that automatically opens and a hands-free flush together with all the features on other models such as front and rear cleansing, a heated seat, a massage function, an automatic air purifier to eradicate odours and 5 different cleaning modes. This model can only be fitted to selected Toto toilet cisterns.

Revolutionise Bathroom Culture with a Computerised Bidet Toilet Seat

Try a computerised bidet toilet seat to enjoy the pleasure of being “clean and happy.” The Toto Washlet may be about to revolutionise bathroom culture outside of Japan.