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Grow a Beautiful Garden With Ecofriendly Greywater

Reducing home water waste means lower bills and a healthier planet. Here's how to set up a greywater home irrigation system that can help Full Story
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victoran
So glad people are using grey water. My dad used washing machine and kitchen sink water to water his yard 60 years ago.
March 27, 2014 at 7:06pm     
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kat sabine
We're big fans of grey water in the drought southwest, but last summer I killed off a bunch of well-established shade bushes when my hose from the washer was in my side yard and the water was too hot. It burned the roots of my plants and I've had to start over! now I use it to green up the local grass we can't seem to get rid of. For years, I've had a hose off my air conditioner as well to drip into my sweet potato vines.
March 30, 2014 at 10:58pm     
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Going Solar at Home: Solar Panel Basics

Save money on electricity and reduce your carbon footprint by installing photovoltaic panels. This guide will help you get started Full Story
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geeman1082
There are other, less obvious choices for storing energy ... they are often also less efficient than batteries, but can be cleaner or easier to maintain in some cases, especially for folks who are out in the boonies and off the grid. The need is to change from electrical energy to potential energy of some sort, and there are a lot of different ways to store potential energy.
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elbeee
Funkylook: As with most technologies, the batteries are the bit that lets them down. I will not be able to generate my total energy supply from the system I am installing, and have no storage. However, with a bit of thought about when I run the dishwasher, washing machine and how I use hot water, I will be paying very little to my power co, and with luck, will sometimes get a little back. (Fingers crossed - we have just had an unprecedented two weeks of cloud and rain here :-( )
For most of us, we are not trying to to off the grid, just lessen our dependence on the grid.
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