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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Throw A Jar in the Tank to Conserve!

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I'll bet you thought I was talking about your gas tank, huh? No, I'm referring to your toilet! "Old Folk Wisdom" says that you should place a brick in the water tank of your commode to conserve water. However, this could prove to be problematic as the brick will disintegrate over time, leaving particles that could damage your plumbing. My suggestion is to place an empty glass jar, without the lid, into the water tank. That way, when the water level rises, it will also fill the jar and keep it in place. A cautionary: make sure that the jar does not disturb any of the working parts.
The average toilet uses between 3 and 7 gallons of water per flush. By using the jar, you can potentially displace enough water to save up to 10 gallons of water per day (in a typical home).

Thursday, October 8, 2009

"Birmingham Charter" Will Be A Prototype For Building Greener Cities

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Planning experts from all around the nation and world met in Birmingham, AL (September 25-27, 2009) to develop a new model for building greener cities-cities that are more efficient and cleaner areas for people to live, work, travel and play.
Approximately 20 professionals attended the summit to make plans for the new city prototype, which will be called the "Birmingham Charter."
The group hopes to expand, ultimately attaining a core group of at least 150 professionals to develop the charter.