The California Single-Family Home Water Use Efficiency Study

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The California Single-Family Home Water Use Efficiency Study

This article deals with a simple subject: how water is used in single-family homes in California. This topic has important consequences for the future of the state of California. The state’s official goal ...

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Which Toilets Deliver?

Author: Bill Gauley
May 01, 2005

A new testing procedure gives researchers a valuable tool to evaluate the effectiveness of low-flow toilets. [continue reading]


Tucson Blooms with Less Water

May 01, 2004

        Water is an increasingly precious resource that needs to be used more wisely, and there are energy penalties associated with heating and distributing water inefficiently (see “Are You ... [continue reading]


Water Saving Gadgets Make a Splash

July 01, 1998

The National Plumbing Standards passed by Congress in 1992 as part of the Energy Policy Act marked a turning point for U.S. manufacturers of toilets, faucets, and showerheads. [continue reading]


The Toilets Conservationists Like Best

March 01, 1997

The subject of consumer choice and toilet quality has become increasingly important since the Energy Policy Act (EPACT) set new national minimum-efficiency standards for water closets, showerheads, and faucets. [continue reading]


Water Heaters and Energy Conservation- Choices, Choices!

May 01, 1996

The most useful answers can be given if the questions tie into the broader context of getting the most from the whole water-heating system. [continue reading]


Composting Toilets: A Tankful of Conservation

January 01, 1996

Centralized composting toilet systems have individual toilets connected to a central tank, usually located outdoors or in a basement. [continue reading]


Remodeling Bathrooms Let the Energy Savings Flow

November 01, 1995

People remodel more than 5 million bathrooms every year in the United States. Sometimes this just means replacing lighting and plumbing fixtures. More extensive remodels involve building an addition or gutting and redesigning an existing bathroom. [continue reading]


Graywater An Option For Household Water Reuse

Author: Dick Bennett
July 01, 1995

The use of graywater--recycled household water from showers, sinks, and clotheswashers--increased in California during the mid 1970s and again in the late 1980s and early 1990s. [continue reading]

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Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?

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