water saving

Drought Forces Tough Choices in the West

Posted on March 29,2015 by ScottG in California

In California and other parts of the West, a prolonged drought is severely taxing water supplies and prompting state and local governments to push for strict conservation. Water conservation has been a longstanding part of the green-building credo, but until fairly recently was more of an option than a necessity.

Can Switching to a Dual-Flush Toilet Save Heat?

Posted on March 29,2015 by user-1048334 in BTU

First off, my wife just joked that I used a photo of a “male bathroom”: seat up and two rolls of toilet paper. Regarding the heat savings mentioned in the headline, we'll see... I haven't done the math yet. But it is a minor claim occasionally made alongside the claim that these toilets save water.

Making the Case for Resilient Design

Posted on March 29,2015 by AlexWilson in drought

During my six-week bike ride last spring (during my sabbatical), I covered nearly 2,000 miles, most of it over land that hadn't seen a drop of rain since the previous fall; some of those areas — mostly in Texas — still haven't gotten significant precipitation. Farmers in Texas have had to plow their cotton under or slaughter their cattle. If the drought continues through the winter, power plants may have to start shutting down for want of cooling water.

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