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Could hotels charge guests for the utilities they use to encourage conservation?

I travel often for work and stay in hotels. I have observed that with no direct incentive, it's often hard to stay motivated to make such sustainable choices as taking shorter showers, running the A/C ...
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Is it true that cannabis is not a sustainable recreational drug?

Is it true that cannabis is not sustainable, for example because of high water consumption? If so, what are more environmentally friendly alternatives? Magic mushrooms, maybe?
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Is shower water a healthy source of graywater to flush toilets with?

I've been trying to think of creative ways to save on water usage, and one way I thought of was to collect graywater from showers or washing dishes to use for flushing the toilet to reduce # of ...
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How to reduce evaporation of a dam/catchment water source?

My city has a catchment area for water but due to drought conditions it's getting lower and lower in current capacity, and water restrictions have been placed into effect for residents and businesses ...
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How would a garden adapted to drought look like?

Hypothetical question, since I neither have a garden, nor live in a region seriously affected by drought (yet). In context of the current drought along the western US coast, experts and scientists ask ...
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Renewable garden watering system - 12v battery system (solar recharged) to ensure there is 50l of water at 20ft twice a week

I have a load of water butt rainwater storage linked to my gutter downpipes for my garden water needs, but I can't stand around waiting to fill watering cans from taps on butts, so occasionally (once ...
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Is the drain-off water from water purifiers fit for gardening?

I have 3 stage water purifier installed at my home which first filters the water, performs reverse osmosis and then treats it with UV-C rays. The water that is released at stage 2 (RO) is usually ...
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Are there long-distance water pipelines emanating from the North American Great Lakes region? Why or why not?

Are there long-distance water pipelines emanating from the North American Great Lakes region? Why or why not? Under what circumstances would this be an ecologically reasonable way to provide water to ...
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How to prepare my home for vacation to reduce energy use?

When going away for vacation for a few weeks, what steps can I take to reduce the energy and water my home will use while I'm gone? I've already asked about what to do with a refrigerator, but I'm ...
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Is it sustainable or necessary to use potable water to wash waste before recycling?

I live in a major metropolitan area in the United States, and we have a municipal recycling pick-up program. They advise us to wash food containers prior to putting them in our bins, and if an item ...
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How can I conserve energy and water in my bathroom? [closed]

I am interested in energy conservation and would like some simple tips on ways I can reduce my water and energy use in the bathroom in particular, as I feel that this is the place that I use the most ...
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Does it make sense to save water in cities?

I heard that if citizens don't use enough water, the infrastructure (tubes etc.) takes damage. In order to keep the tubes clean, government agencies flood them with huge amounts of water. Thereby "...
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Saving water in day-to-day life

As the climate is varying every year due to various reasons like deforestation, global warming, urbanization, etc., the level of ground water and in rivers is decreasing which in turn is affecting the ...
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Should municipalities consider rain barrels to be suitable substitutes for rain gardens? (Rain barrel vs rain garden)

My county requires rainwater management to be incorporated into lot plans for new construction if a certain percentage of the lot is impervious. This seems a sensible measure. We are under the ...
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What's a good green ground cover that uses less water than a lawn?

So I want to put in several raised beds in my garden, surrounded by a green ground cover that will stand up to my 3 dogs. Something that is both tougher and uses less water than grass (I live in a ...