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Urban farming
Landscaping

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...rainwater, as ground water will usually contain minerals that over time will build up in soil and reduce its ability to produce. Rainwater collection barrel © Ecohome You can install elaborate rainwater collection systems with underground cisterns and pumps, or you can simply have your eaves trough drain right ...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...Rainwater collection: For watering gardens, rain water collection is a great solution. You should be diverting water from your home anyway, so you likely have an eaves trough system. For under a hundred dollars you can buy a rain barrel with a tap on the bottom for attaching a hose. They come with overflow openings...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 8 great tips for growing food in small spaces

...Gardening products Online with delivery to the door, try here . 3.) Raised beds and square foot gardening: If your gardening space is big enough for raised beds , they can be a great way to maximize space and effort. Not only can raised beds accommodate more plants per square foot, but gardening in a raised bed gre...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!
Landscaping

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...rainwater harvesting: Rainwater harvesting is a great way to keep your lawn green Or even better - grow vegetables without using municipal water. This is easily done by installing rain barrels under downspouts to collect rainwater for lawn and garden watering where allowed. Avoid using a garden hose whenever possib...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...rainwater, the concrete tank along with the required network of pipes and filters to render water potable represents increased resource consumption, complication and cost compared to the more simplistic approach involving water conservation, collecting rain in a barrel for your garden, and hooking up to the city water ...

Built to ENDURE: the Net Zero Heat Kenogami House
Efficient home design

The Kenogami House: designed to ENDURE

...rain, condensation, snow and ice) as well as power outages and earthquakes. Features: Autonomous water (well water and rainwater harvesting) Autonomous energy systems (photovoltaic solar panels - PV) LED lighting powered by PV panels Multiple energy sources Wall assembly resistant to the effects climate c...

Metal roof with solar panels
Roof coverings

How to choose roofing materials

...garden): Pros: It blocks UV rays and reduces the heat island effect, offers good acoustic and thermal insulation, and the deeper soil allows for food production and good absorption of rainwater, reducing your storm water runoff. Cons: A vegetable garden obviously requires a lot of maintenance, an irrigation syste...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...rainwater that falls on your roof, all that takes is a rain barrel, and an outdoor garden to make great use of it. 5. House Dimension: The shape of an Earthship is typically very narrow and very long. This is by no means an optimal shape for material conservation or energy conservation. Example - a 25 foot de...

Why basements flood and how to prevent that with a sump pump
Basements improvements

Why Basements Flood & How to Prevent Flooded Basements

...rain underneath, or a sink or washing machine drain or shower tray at low level, you should also check carefully if these have non-return flap or ball operated check valves fitted inline to prevent excessive rain or melt water in outside drains backing up into the basement. These are also called backwater valves. See t...

Rain barrels for storm water management and rainwater harvesting
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

...rainwater from being a problem to a resource. The third source of rainwater is the roof. Even in areas with low rainfall there is enormous potential for harvesting rainwater. A 1,000 square foot house can collect about 2,300 litres per inch of rain. So in an average year with 23 inches of rain in Toronto, for example...