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EPA to Label Home Irrigation Controls

You’re shutting off water, raking leaves, and probably don’t have the slightest concern for irrigation control. But, keep in mind for Spring 2012, the EPA recently announced that irrigation controllers will be the first outdoor product eligible for the WaterSense label. To date, WaterSense has been available for showerheads, toilets, urinals, sink faucets, and entire homes.

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How to Install a WaterSense Toilet

EPA WaterSense Toilet

When we bought our 1958-model home, it was newly painted but there wasn’t much else that was new about the place.  The toilets were old and less efficient than modern-style commodes, especially some of the WaterSense versions on the market.  One might think it’s expensive to replace an old toilet with a water-efficient model, but it’s not.  I was able to swap out mine for less than $120, all costs included.  Here’s how:
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Simple Water Collection for a Retrofit

Rainwater Pillow Cistern

If you’re looking for a cost effective alternative to a below ground rainwater cistern, the Rainwater Pillow, which was on display at Greenbuild NEXT, may be your answer.  Easy to locate under a deck or in a crawl space, the Rainwater Pillow is ideal for a retrofit project where placing a typical above or below ground cistern may prove difficult.  As long as you have a flat surface with no obstructions the Rainwater Pillow can be laid out tied into your landscape irrigation system with ease.

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