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    Crank-Powered Sidewinder Purifies Water With UV Light

    For outdoorsy people who hate bothering with packs of environmentally-unfriendly plastic water bottles, we’ve got a great alternative that’s sure to quench your thirst. Recently debuted at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Expo , SteriPEN’s new Sidewinder portable water purifier is an ingenious product that utilizes a crank-powered bacteria-killing UV light to create a full liter of perfectly potable water

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    New rainwater harvesting manual for pro and novice alike – Media Newswire (press release)

    New rainwater harvesting manual for pro and novice alike Media Newswire (press release) COLLEGE STATION th Everything you ever wanted to know about rainwater harvesting but didn’t know to ask could well describe a new publication just released …

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    ASHRAE, NEMA Partner on Standard to Create Facility Smart Grid Model

    ATLANTA – We may not be traveling in flying cars or have talking robot maids as shown in the television cartoon “The Jetsons,” but homes, commercial and institutional buildings and industrial facilities are about to get a lot “smarter” when it comes to electrical use.

    Under a national Smart Grid effort, ASHRAE and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) are jointly developing a standard that would provide a common basis for electrical energy consumers to describe, manage and communicate about electrical energy consumptions and forecasts.

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    Gardening Without a Sprinkler – Dry Gardening

    The perfect lawn has met its match. Homeowners, in the ever-expanding quest to save money—and water—are trading in clipped hedges and putting-green turf for landscaping that is much closer to what might have grown there in the first place.

    Denise McConnell got tired of the lawn that surrounded her Las Vegas home. The grass needed watering almost every day, mowing every week and a seasonal schedule of fertilizer and weed-control applications. To top it all off, it looked dull. “It was pretty nondescript,” the 62-year-old accountant says. “And my water bill was averaging about $100 a month.”

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    GREENGUARD Debuts Interactive Indoor Air Quality Virtual School Tour

    Just in time for the back-to-school season, the Atlanta-based GREENGUARD Environmental Institute debuted its animated online school tour . This interactive Web tool allows users to take a virtual “walk through” of a school building and learn about common sources of indoor air pollution and its effects on student and teacher health. The tool also provides simple solutions for minimizing pollutants and creating healthier, more productive educational environments

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    Is America Ready for a Home Urinal?

    In commercial buildings, with typical usage patterns, a waterless urinal saves about 40,000 gallons per year. For residential applications, the savings will be significantly lower. Reichardt estimates that if there are two males in a home, each using the urinal three uses per day, times 340 days at home, the Baja urinal will replace about 2,040 toilet flushes per year, providing annual water savings of about 3,250 gallons (assuming 1.6 gpf toilets). The savings go up with more males (family members or friends).

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