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Looking for ways to make your home’s plumbing system more efficient and eco-friendly? Our new columnist has five helpful tips!

New homes are being built and new systems are being installed. Updates are being made to electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems so that we can all do our part to be more eco-friendly and save the planet. Your plumbing system is something that you may not really give much thought to. After all, as long as your water is running, toilets are flushing, and dishwashers are working, you may not think there are any problems. It’s more of a in-the-back-of-your-mind system compared to electrical and heating issues. 

Whether you’re building a new home or wanting to make some updates to your current home, there are things that you can do to help make your home’s plumbing system efficient and eco-friendly. 

Here are five things you can do to help make your home’s plumbing system more green:

  1. Tankless water heater – We’ve all seen the trend moving toward tankless water heaters – and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Tankless water heaters save space and can heat water more quickly and efficiently than traditional water heaters, which tend to lose efficiency as they age because of failing parts and leaks. 

  2. Dual flush toilets – Dual flush toilets can not only help to protect the environment but they can also reduce your water bill – using significantly less water than traditional toilets. These dual functions will allow you to select the amount of water flow that you need. 

  3. Dye test your toilets to make sure they are not running – Having a running toilet is not only a water of water, it also means an increase in your water bill. A dye test can help you to determine if your toilet is running and needs to be repaired or replaced. To complete a dye test, all you need to do is put a dye tablet or food coloring in the tank of your toilet. Do not flush and come back 10 minutes after to check the toilet. If there is color in your toilet bowl then there is a leak. It’s also not a bad idea to do a dye test every so often just to be sure that you don’t have a running toilet.

  4. Turn off the water while brushing your teeth and shaving – Turning off your water while brushing your teeth and shaving is something our parents have been telling us our entire lives, and most likely what we also tell our children. Save water and your plumbing system by turning off the water when you brush your teeth and shave.

  5. Only run full loads in your washing machine and dishwasher – Save your plumbing system the potential of overload by running your washing machine and dishwasher when you have full loads. You can save several thousand gallons of water by only running these when they are full. Full loads also take the pressure off your plumbing system.

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Need design, home improvement, or party hosting ideas? Cincy Home Chic Home has it all! Click to check out this month's recap!

Here’s a recap of what you can find on our new site, Cincy Home Chic Home, this month!:

Decor Ideas: 
Mirrored Cabinets 
Timeless with a Touch of Pink
Contrasting Elements
Word Art

Real Estate Tips:
Why Does It Take So Long to Build a Home?

Listing of the Week: 
9827 Kensington Lane
422 Stanley

 

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We're heading to Hyde Park for this week's Listing of the Week! Take a peek inside this custom-built home on a private drive.

This custom-built home is just a short stroll from Hyde Park Square. The 6,000-square-foot home features a private drive, a great room with a stone fireplace, a gourmet eat-in kitchen, first- and second-floor laundry rooms, a large walkout lower level, a game room, media room, and 7th bedroom, plus a 3-car garage.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

 
 

 

Get ready for breath-taking charm and architectural details as we head to Hyde Park for a peek inside this week’s Listing of the Week.

This stunning home is a Hyde Park classic. It features a spacious beautiful yard with a detached garage house and a circular side driveway. The exquisite glass windows, molding, and details throughout are just what you’re looking for. There is a finished 3rd floor with a game room, 2 bedrooms, and a full bath.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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Perched atop Mt. Adams with breath-taking views and walk-out terraces, a gourmet kitchen, spa-like bathrooms, and two car garage, click for a look inside this urban oasis that's our Listing of the Week.

Enjoy breathtaking panoramic river views from this custom built home perched atop Hill St. in Mt. Adams. It’s an astounding 5,000 SF of high end living space. It features striking architectural details and is rich in amenities including an elevator, custom metal handrails, gourmet kitchen, European bath fixtures, and terrace walkouts on all levels. It has Fiberon decking as well as a heated 2 car garage. This is the ultimate urban estate.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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From a pool and wine cellar, to views, private drive and convenience of Hyde Park living, this dreamy ranch is this week’s Listing of the Week. Click for a peek inside.

Live your best life in this Hyde Park home on a private drive, where the sense of neighborhood is strong, the atmosphere is tranquil, and the views are lush. This charming, ranch home provides the simplicity of hardwood floors throughout and updated features including an outdoor entertaining deck and gunite pool. The home is walkable to Hyde Park Square and there’s an option to add a second level to the already 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom home.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

 

 

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A home theater, three-car garage and panoramic views of Kentucky's rolling hills -- all just minutes away from downtown Cincinnati. Click for a sneak peek inside this week's Listing of the Week!

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.
It’s all about location in this week’s Listing of the Week! This home sits on one acre and overlooks the rolling hills of Kentucky. The Anderson Township home was built by Christopher Robin Homes and is close to downtown and shopping. There is a first floor master bedroom, office, and family room, three bedrooms upstairs and two full baths. The lower level has another family room, theater, exercise room, and bedroom/bathroom. 

 

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It's a marriage of Victorian charm with high-end updates and conveniences, nestled in the heart of Mt. Lookout! Click for a sneak peek inside this Listing of the Week!

This Victorian home is completely remodeled but hasn’t lost its charm. It’s an open-concept home with an eat-in, walk-out kitchen, a formal living room, and dining rooms. The 4-bedroom, 5-bathroom home has hardwood floors, all-new plumbing, 95%+ new electrical, has been structurally improved, has a new roof, and two new HVAC units.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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We’re living the English countryside life in this week’s Listing of the Week!

Live the European country life in this Stunning Italian Renaissance National Register masterpiece. It features luxurious carved millwork, English Wedgwood hardware, and a priceless Rookwood solarium. A dreamy Loggia overlooks cascading fountains and gorgeous park-like grounds. There’s a chauffeur’s apt converted to an exercise studio, a kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, and a zoned HVAC.

This listing is sponsored by Ron Erdmann at Guaranteed Rate, the official mortgage professional of Cincy Chic.

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Perched atop the city with a view and rooftop terrace, gourmet kitchen, and luxury master suite with a lavish marble bath -- this is a must-see Listing of the Week!

This stunning Mt. Adams home features a beautiful river view. Inside, there are gorgeous hardwoods throughout. The home was built to entertain with a gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Plus, there’s a balcony off the kitchen! The luxury master suite has a cedar closet/dressing room and a lavish marble bath with a double vanity and a balcony! The loft family room features built-ins, wetbar, and walkout to a large patio and private, gated courtyard. The home is 3 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, and is listed at $1,349,900.

 

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