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Efficient, Eco-Friendly Lawn Care

by Benjamin Roman •

April showers might bring May flowers – but they also bring an explosion of lawn growth. Traditional lawn care can rely on some pretty nasty chemicals and smoke-belching machines, but luckily there are alternatives. Read on to learn about some innovative products to keep your lawn beautiful and healthy, while keeping the environment healthy too.

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The Rainwater Pillow – Rain Barrel Meets Cistern

by Benjamin Roman •

Utilizing rainwater runoff is a double bonus for homeowners, both in environmental and financial terms.  It reduces the amount of water consumed from the municipal system, and it lessens the strain on wastewater treatment facilities that must process water after it flows down the drain.  A rain barrel is great for small-scale applications like a flower garden, and now there …

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A Clever Rainwater Diverter

by Justin Thomas •

The average roof sheds 160 gallons of rainwater per hour during a moderate rain fall. Rainwater is better for your garden than tap water: it is at ambient temperature rather than being cold, and it is not chlorinated or treated with chemicals. The Garden Water Saver, is a device that attaches to your home’s downspout, and allows you to use …

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Modern Rainwater Tank: The LUMI

by Justin Thomas •

Unfortunately, most rainwater tanks and cisterns are unsightly blocks of concrete or plastic. The LUMI Rainwater Tank, however, was designed by Katrina Logan to be visually appealing. It’s made of sculptural satin acrylic and can be made in a range of colors and sizes (250 liters – 1100 liters). The tank glows in the sunlight, making the rainwater reserves visible, …

New DVD About Building Green Homes

by Justin Thomas •

Green home building in all its forms is metaefficient. There’s a new DVD out with some practical advice for green building, called Building With Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home. It is a how-to video on building one home, from start to finish, that uses sustainable materials, generates its own electricity, collects rainwater in a cistern, is passively solar …

Raised Beds: Efficient

by Justin Thomas •

The “Raised Beds” method of gardening is certainly metaefficient, and should be included in our guide here. Raised beds are widely acknowledged as the method to obtain the greatest yields of vegetables per alloted space. You can read about the benefits here: Aaron’s Home & Garden weblog (Aaron is an expert in Rainwater Harvesting). Website: Aaron’s Home & Garden The …