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After two years of eco-living, what works and what doesn't

Here are the results of a cool experiment Susan Carpenter, the writer of the Realist Idealist blog for the LA Times, did on eco-living:

After two years of eco-living, what works and what doesn't

After experimenting with solar panels, gray-water systems and chickens for two years, a budget-minded consumer takes stock of what worked and what didn't.

Her favorite eco-friendly home system?  Capturing gray water.  Carpenter says, "It's been the easiest, most sensible, hassle-free, sustainable system I've put in place at my house."  When she first installed the system to capture water from her laundry machine, it wasn't legal; she would have had to get a permit, an extensive filtering system, and a lot of money.  However, in August 2009, laundry-to-landscape systems were made legal in California as long as homeowners followed certain guidelines (you can find them here).

Gray water is something I've wanted to do at my own house.  Have you tried it?  What were your results?

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