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Travel Tip For Today

Bring one pair of comfortable walking shoes as well as a pair of sandals or Tevas. Before you leave home, break in your new shoes so you're not uncomfortable on the road.

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The Bathroom
Enhance Your Domestic Water Use Profile


s I travel around the country, I notice that in some areas, there has been abundant rain while here in California; we are always on the verge of another drought. Summer is a great time to be water conscious and take some of these helpful clues to enhance your domestic water use profile. white is a great color for the bathroom

A ripe area for easy green upgrades is the bathroom and many homes can do a terrific job implementing simple but highly effective improvements and trade-outs to improve a homes carbon footprint. Since bathrooms account for 75% if consumer water use, it is an area ripe for improvement. Moreover, that translates right into savings on utility bills. You might like to pick up on some of these tips to adapt to your home. Other tips useful for making a family home more adept would be to install a new showerhead. For families looking to help preserve water, new water saving showerheads provide a string spray while using one third to half as much water as standards. Installing a low-flow toilet is another great idea. And now the new high-performance models, they flush waste away effectively. The dual flush can save your family even more.

a new shower head can conserve water

The lighting of an area can reflect the room greatly. Energy smart light bulbs are a must. And now that they are almost identical to the standard incandescent, its easy to replace them. If you do not care for the quality light that CFLs emit, I recommend adding a small side lamp to your bathroom dcor and outfitting it with a low-watt pink bulb. This serves two services. It not only improves greatly the quality of light, but you might also be surprised at how great you and your family look in the mirror thanks to the rosy glow.

Decorations also have an effect in giving your home a brand new feeling. Add some additional mirrors to your bathroom to reflect additional ambient light while increasing the sense of space.towels can add a touch of color to any bathroom If you position them across from windows, they also bring the outdoors in. If you are doing any renovations, consider putting in a tankless water heater, also known as on demand. If thats not in the cards, be sure to install a water heater blanket which reduces heat loss 20 to 40% and also turning the thermostat down to 120 is a big energy saver as well.

When it is time to purchase some new towels for you and your loved ones, by all means, go organic. How about giving those new bamboo towels a try? I found them to be very absorbent and plush.

candles and insense can spice up a bathroom

Finally, add a touch of luxury to your familys style by including a comfy upholstered chair to the bathroom. If you dont have room for a chair, an upholstered bench of stool will serve the same purpose. I often see some with nifty designs at thrift stores, often in need of nothing more than some new padding and upholstery. Why not upholster the top in a cushy layer of organically grown terry cloth and make it a snappy color while youre at it. This would be a perfect place to utilize one of those bamboo towels, which come in a rainbow of colors to reupholster a stool or bench top. What a way to add instant pizzazz to your bathroom dcor!



Thank you that is such wonderful advice...we too have had many family vacations that have started out with trips to explore possible new colleges and have ended up being such fun with all our family involved. You can certainly see some wonderful and unexpected sights on these road trips.

Jane Smith, Virginia.

Thank you Pamela for all your ideas. You have inspired my wife and I to take a long road trip this summer while taking our son to his new college. We are planning a different route there this time and hope to take in the many wonderful sights along the way there.

Mallard Cross, Oregon

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