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Cats should always be hand-washed lukewarm and allowed to lie flat to dry. Photo: E Photos/Flickr

10 Tips to Go Green in the Laundry Room

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 20, 2014

The EPA estimates that if Americans went green in the laundry room, they'd save three trillion gallons of water annually, along with over $18 billion per year. The laundry room is a...


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Water-Saving Tips for Drought Times

Posted by Katie Marks | Jan 06, 2014

I grew up in a house that relied solely on a 1,000 gallon tank of rainwater for our water supply. Once we ran out, that was it, and running out was a serious concern some summers, especially...


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Get the Dish on Recycling Graywater

Posted by Katie Marks | Nov 25, 2013

If you've been putting serious thought into how to make your home more efficient when it comes to water use, you've probably thought about a graywater recycling system, which captures...


This is a gray water treatment system. Photo courtesy of Carl Seville.

Gray Water Systems: Good Idea or Bad Mistake?

Posted by Carl Seville | Jul 16, 2012

Most of us realize that water is a scarce resource and are looking for ways to use less of it in our homes. We need water to drink, for cooking, cleaning, flushing toilets, and, unless...


A house in Mendocino County. Photo by Clinton Steeds/Flickr.

Tips for Buying a House in a Rural Area

Posted by s.e. smith | Jul 09, 2012

Making a major relocation can come with a lot of unexpected things to think about, especially when it involves a big lifestyle change. I talked with Realtor DeeDee Thomas at Mendo Realty...


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Picking the Greenest Toilet

Posted by Carl Seville | Apr 05, 2012

For years, toilets worked just fine getting rid of our waste, but until relatively recently, they used a lot of water doing so. Federal law required that by 1994 all toilets use no...


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Greywater Products

Posted by Philip Schmidt | Sep 01, 2011

Residential greywater is all the wastewater from showers, bathtubs, bathroom sinks and clothes washers. It adds up to nearly 50% of the average household's water use. And while blackwater—wastewater...


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How Bad for Plumbing Are Disposable Wipes?

Posted by Philip Schmidt | Jun 02, 2011

Are disposable wipes bad for plumbing? Is the sky blue? While the subject of flushable toilet wipes may not join America’s canon of rhetorical questions anytime soon, to plumbers...