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WC/WC seatcovers with wash systems

Posted by sudarsan on September 3, 2007

Friends,

             Last weekend I had been to TOTO store, and checked out for toilets & toilet seats with washing systems.  Toto is a designer brand and hence do not be shocked about the prices below.

1. High End = This is a fully automatic toilet (like a fully automatic washing machine).  It senses motion, warms the seat, flushes the toilet after use, washes, dries, deodorizes the person and itself, and making it available for next use.  Price is Rs.3 Lakhs

2. Medium End = This is an electronic toilet seat cover with washing systems : with control buttons for warming the seat, flushes the toilet after use, washes and dries the person. Price is Rs.70,000

3 . Low End = This is a manual toilet seat cover with washing system: It has a control know which positions itself to your rear, depending on how much you turn.  Fully manual and costs Rs.9,000.    There is an equivalent version with chrome finish costing Rs.19,000.

Somewhere I have seen a low-end system for Rs.3000, don’t remember which brand it is, nor sure about its quality when compared to TOTO.   One disadvantage I noticed on Toto, is that the print on the control panel is in Japanese (even while staying in Japan, I had to experiment with the illustrative pictures, as there was not a word in English).

So if someone is thinking of an upgrade for their WC or a practical gift idea for your their elderly grandparents, they can consider this.

Toto

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Water conservation at home

Posted by Vivek on September 2, 2007

Water conservation is more critical than we all could imagine. It is not only a favor you are doing to the society but also contributing to less fossil fuel burning. I know this is surprising, but hey, when we run out of water, it is electricity which is used to pump it up to our overhead tanks. And where does this electricity come from? In today’s post, I will discuss a few ways of conserving water at home.

Conserve

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The above image maybe a graphical representation of water usage patterns outside India, but I think, this is also applicable to India with a minor change in the percentage values involved.

 Before I even come to suggesting change of habits, here are a few things which are mandatory for water conservation in every home:

  • Make sure that you do not have dripping taps or faulty taps.
  • Ensure that your flush tanks are not faulty. I have known cases where people don’t even realize that this could be a potential problem and silently the flush tank looses litres of water, hour after hour.
  • If you change the parts in the tap, make a note of the date when it was changed and ask your plumber what is the expected life span on this new part. This way you would know how long before you can replace it pro-actively.
  • Use quality parts while replacing. If possible, invest in good quality fittings to start with.
  • Inculcate habits of effective water usage to children (and adults). Children are going to run the show tomorrow. They ought to learn the importance of good potable water.
  • Investigate methods by which you could reuse water at home.
  • If you building/home does not have a rain water harvesting system, please deploy this. You would be surprised at the amount of good which it does to ground water levels.

 Besides these points mentioned we could also adopt the following measures:

  • Do not let the water running while brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Use shower if possible instead of the bucket/mug based bath. You may not believe it but shower helps reduce water consumption. And it is refreshing too.
  • In the kitchen, plug the basin and reuse water. Traditionally we let the water run through for each and every vessel washed/rinsed.
  • Try to consolidate clothes for one “large” lot of wash instead of two or three cycles in medium setting.

Each drop counts. So lets do our best to conserve water for our coming generations.

chill out

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Spaces – Bathroom

Posted by Vivek on August 19, 2007

Indian Bathrooms

Traditionally in middle class family environments, bathroom is the most neglected and perhaps also riskly to use. Let me give you an example. Unlike western culture, Indian bathrooms have predominantly wet floors which has lead to many accidents. People have sustained head injuries, broken bones and trauma as a result of this.

While not every home can enjoy a separate WC and bathroom, the risk can be mitigated in a very pleasant way.  The best solution to these problems is using a dedicated shower cubicle.

You might say, most homes today dont even use a shower as either the water pressure is too low or maybe the water itself is hard/saline. But we deal with this at a later stage.

Shower cubicles are semi/fully closed glass enclosures which avoids water coming out onto the bathroom floor. There are many companies in India who are offering these kind of products today in the market. We will try and provide some listings in the coming days.

 Bathroom

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Some more pointers from our personal experiences are absence of storage cabinets in the bathroom. Some people store shampoo bottles and so on, on windows or flush cabinets. These attract dust, pests and also take away the aesthetic appeal from the bathroom. So while planning this space, make sure that you invest in small/medium cabinets for storing toilleteries.

Choosing a WC (western closet) can also be a daunting task. We will try and post some details on how to choose one. For Indians, we recommend a hygenie faucet apart from the regular toilet paper dispensers. This is yet another way to avoid water spillage onto the floors. Bidets are also becomming very popular in Indian homes, if you have the space for it.

In our experience, tap fittings, if invested in can give good results. Please try and do some homework on the tap fiitings, its quality and so on , before agreeing upon the final choice. Do not just give in to your builders ideas.

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