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Household Sustainability

Sustainability in the home; saves the environment and in the majority of cases, saves money.

An easy example of this is to install rainwater tanks to capture roof water. The water can drastically reduce the strain on current mainstream sources and household costs, particularly where the water supply is at a premium and currently ever increasing charges. An obvious advantage to households becomes evident by also reducing treatment processes, thus reducing your overall carbon footprint.

Further savings can be made by installing a reedbed to treat greywater, whether washing, kitchen or bathroom wastewater. This is then used to water lawns, trees and gardens.

For those frugally wishing to recycle human waste, then help is at hand with a biogas digester, that will 'cook' the waste, resulting in capturing biogas for cooking and with the added bonus of a rich bacteria-free compost.

For the more advanced - a backyard algae photobioreactor will absorb carbon dioxide combustion emissions (from say a combustion stove) and produce algal biofuels from the biomass.

Look for more sustainable traditional materials for buiding a house or renovating, believe it or not houses were built with natural materials long before concrete and plastics.

Solar panels are rapidly coming down in price and photovoltaic cells are more efficient, both wind and turbine home electricity generation can be sold back to energy distributors.

Solar thermal ponds or commercial roof solar hot water systems save valuable carbon guzzling dollars rather than fossil fuel boilers.

For more detailed information check out the fishace site and read the article -
Feeding yourself - The concept of a zero-emissions home
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