Innovative solutions for creating healthy, efficient, eco-friendly homes

January 2003

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A Baker's Dozen of Water-Conservation Tips

Park & Co., a Phoenix-based marketing firm, created the Water - Use it Wisely campaign on behalf of several Arizona cities, to develop and reinforce a universal water-conservation ethic. The following water-conserving landscape tips are courtesy of the website at Collect the water you use for rinsing produce or from cleaning your fish tank and reuse it to water houseplants. Use compost when planting to add water-holding organic matter to the soil. Layer organic mulch around plants to reduce evaporation and save hundreds of gallons of water a year.

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Keeping a Healthy Oil Tank

1. Legs are solid and level 2. No rust, weeps, wet spots or excessive denting 3. No drips or signs of leakage around the filter or valves 4. Oil lines are encased in a protective tubing. 5. Nothing in danger of falling from above (i.e., snow or ice) 6. Vent is open and not clogged by anything 7. Overfill whistle is unobstructed and audible when filling the tank 8.

The Care and Feeding of Your Septic System

Do you know what happens when you flush the toilet? While it usually isn't a topic discussed at cocktail parties, it can be a critical issue for many homeowners. People who live in a city rarely think about it because their waste usually goes through a central sewer system to a wastewater treatment plant. Approximately 25 million suburban and rural homeowners using onsite wastewater systems, however, do need to pay attention, because a failure in their system could affect their property or even their drinking water.

Japanese Toilets Flush With Features

The Japanese high-tech market does not just focus on autos, robotics and electronics; they make some pretty darn fancy toilets, too. Many Pacific Rim toilets have more buttons and control panels than TV sets, and heated seats have become the norm.

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