Archive for the 'Water Conservation' Category

How’s that remodel working out? Greening up a modest tract house

Bill and Becka Doering did a whole-house green remodel on their Santa Barbara home, and I wrote a Pardon Our Dust feature about it, which you can read here. Bill is both an engineer and a green-building enthusiast. With his firm, Doering Design & Engineering, he helps others make their homes more energy-efficient. Also, the [...]

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Architect Portfolio: Hermosa Beach house on a teeny lot

The more I study this “green” house, the more I like it. Of course, it’s more of a teardown and rebuild than a remodel, but the lot size — at 30 feet by 50 feet — presented plenty of challenges. The 2,000-square-foot, three-bedroom house, which is two blocks from the beach in Hermosa, was designed for a [...]

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After two years of eco-living with composting toilets and chickens, what works and what doesn’t

 From the L.A. Times: It started with gray water, then escalated to chickens, composting toilets and rain barrels. I’m talking about the two years I’ve spent transforming my humble California bungalow into a test case for sustainable living — an experience that’s cost me hundreds of hours of my time and thousands of dollars, an [...]

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Ready to reduce your home water use to a trickle?

Is it just me, or does anyone else see the connection between these two stories in the L.A. Times? May 8, 2008: Tejon Ranch pact would allow 26,000 homes on the range May 14, 2008: L.A. prepares massive water-conservation plan I’m all for conservation. Really, I am. But what’s the real point? Those 70,000 people [...]

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Are you ready for water rationing this summer?

I’ll admit I’ve been critical of water-saving schemes that conspire to take away my daily baths while the powers-that-be concurrently approve plans for more, more and more new developments in the Southland. But the situation facing us this summer is way beyond my little rants. We are in a terrific drought, and a state official [...]

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Sprinklers running in the rain? Mushrooms growing in your yard?

High-tech wizards have tried to get us to use our computers to control so many mundane daily tasks: opening and closing the drapes, turning on the hot tub, setting back our thermostats. But so far, we’ve resisted, finding a quick yank on the drapery pull easy enough. But here’s a device that might tip us [...]

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Saving water outdoors

My mother-in-law is visiting from Santa Barbara and wonders if she can rinse off her truck at my house. It’s no longer allowed in her town. As the population explodes here on the planet, supplies of fresh water don’t seem to be keeping up. Something has to give. A helpful article in Sunday’s newspaper, headlined [...]

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