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Beat the Peak! Tips to Reduce Summer Water Use and Save Money from WaterSense

By Watersense EPA
August 14, 2011
File under: Gardening, Resource Management

Summer’s rising temperatures mean rising outdoor water use, especially during “peak season,” which typically occurs anywhere from July through early August, depending on your region of the country.

The average American home uses about 260 gallons of water per day; during peak season some homes can use 1,000 gallons per day. Some homes even use as much as 3,000 gallons per day, the equivalent of leaving a garden hose running for nearly 8 hours!

Check out these five simple tips from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program to help you save money and water this summer.

…read more of Beat the Peak! Tips to Reduce Summer Water Use and Save Money from WaterSense here

 
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The Mortgage-Free 320 Square Foot Home

By Kirsten Dirksen
June 9, 2011
File under: Energy Efficiency, Green Building Design, Resource Management, Saving Money

Two years ago, Debra and her family lived in a nearly 2000 square foot home on an acre and a half of land. Then her husband lost his job and they began to work 4 jobs between them to pay the mortgage, until one day they remembered they had a choice.

Before having their son, Debra and her husband Gary had spent 9 years living in very tiny homes in South America. Living small hadn’t felt like a sacrifice, but a way to stay focused on what is important. They decided they wanted to get back to that.

They stopped working so hard, sold or gave away all of their extra stuff and began looking for the perfect tiny home. …read more of The Mortgage-Free 320 Square Foot Home here

 
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The Truth about Hurricanes: Will We See More Like Hurricane Bill?

By Justin O'Neill ecomii.com
August 25, 2009
File under: Natural Disaster Prep, Resource Management

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Hurricanes are nothing new, but the kinds of storms (and their number) seem to be getting more serious.

With Hurricane Bill recently shutting down beaches and prompting warnings up and down the Atlantic Coast, and major disasters such as Hurricane Katrina not-so-distant a memory, one wonders: what’s the deal? Are hurricanes getting more numerous and more severe or are we just more aware of them? And if there are more, why?

Read on to have your most pressing (swirling, surging, or raging) questions answered. …read more of The Truth about Hurricanes: Will We See More Like Hurricane Bill? here

 
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