A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater form your roof. Rain barrels connect to a gutter's downspout, next to the house, and collect water that would otherwise be lost to runoff. This water can then be used in your garden instead of using water from the spigot for garden watering.
This cost calculator is designed to estimate the cost of environmentally preferable recycled plastic and plastic-wood composite lumber to conventional wood decking.
Despite the importance of wetlands to sustainable communities, the United States loses about 60,000 acres of this watershed feature each year. This document details case studies of 3 communities that realized the benefits of these fragile ecosystems and the steps they took to protect them.
In response to the increasing demand for safer, greener, more livable communities, the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency formed the interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities. This document discusses the achievements of the Partnership's first year.
Air leakage accounts for 20 to 40% of the energy used for heating and cooling and also reduces the effectiveness of other energy saving measures. Air sealing the building envelope can provide improved comfort, improved indoor air quality, and lower your home's energy costs.
By using the WaterSense label, consumers can identify bathroom sink faucets that have been independently tested and are certified to reduce a sinks water flow by 30% or more without affecting performance.
Most people do not associate air pollution with mowing the lawn or other similar outdoor yard maintenance activities. However, small engines in lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and other similar outdoor power equipment can be a significant source of air pollution.
Space heating and cooling account for more than 40% of the average home's energy use. Energy Star labeled programmable thermostats can save energy and money while still maintaining comfort by reducing the amount of time heating and cooling systems operate.
Toilets are the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30% of indoor water consumption. Due to leaks and inefficiency, toilets can also be a major source of wasted water.
Faucets account for more than 15% of indoor household water use. WaterSense labeled bathroom sink faucets and accessories can reduce a sink's water flow by 30% or more with affecting performance.
The day to day choices you make about office supplies and equipment in your home office have a big impact on the environment. By purchasing energy efficient equipment, recharging batteries, using recycled paper, or refurbishing your existing office furniture, you can make a big difference by conserving resources and reducing waste.
A rain barrel is a system that collects and stores rainwater from your roof, storing the water in a 55 gallon drum. This water would otherwise be lost to runoff.
Many older Americans will find it a challenge to keep up with home heating bills during the winter. Early planning and preparation can help eliminate some of these challenges.
Because toilet use is the largest proportion of indoor water used in a household, high efficiency toilets can achieve real water savings.
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