Water

Rainwater Collection with Rain Barrels

Posted January 11th, 2012

A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains and streams. Installing a rain barrel to harvest rainwater is smart, especially during the dry summer months. Instead of water from the tap or hose, you can use the water you collect to irrigate your garden or to wash your car or dog. You’ll get a consistent supply of fresh clean water for outdoor use, reduce your water bill, and will do your part to protect the Chesapeake Bay.
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Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures

Posted January 11th, 2012

Save money. Save water. Help the environment. Sound good?

Replacing your shower heads with low flow options is one of the quickest, cost-effective things you can do in your home because it saves water AND energy! Low-flow showerheads (with flow rates of 2.5 gallons per minute or less) still provide a steady and sufficient stream of water while achieving water savings of 25%-60%. You can purchase low-flow showerhead models at the hardware store for $10-$15 and they are easy to install – all you need is a wrench! Read more »

Sustainable Landscaping

Posted January 11th, 2012

Sustainable landscaping doesn’t mean landscaping with only gravel and cacti. It’s simply planning a visually pleasing landscape that requires less water, less fertilizer, and less maintenance. Choosing regional plants, caring for the soil, delivering water efficiently, and composting are all ways to begin practicing sustainable landscaping.

 

 

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