A cactus covered lawn can bring beauty and save on costly desert water bills. Photo Credit: cogdogblog
The United States is an amazingly diverse piece of land, with cold northern climates, the hot and humid south, mild and breezy coasts, and the arid deserts of the southwest. We may not think as much about living green in the desert. Who thinks about anything when it's sunny 99 percent of the time? The desert is a wonderful retreat for winter-weary tourists and "snowbirds."
Regardless of how nice the climate seems, a house in the desert can suck just as much energy as a house in northern Michigan. Yet living green in the desert is different, however subtle, than elsewhere in some very fundamental ways. In some ways it is easier too, and in others more difficult. Here are a few tips for living green in the desert:
These are just a few that are unique or especially suited to desert living. Don't forget the universal attributes of green living: recycling, buying green products, etc. And of course keep green building in mind as you enter your next remodeling project.
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