Water is essential to life, but it’s hard to store enough bottled water for a whole family. SteriPEN makes a line of handheld water purifiers that use UV light to wipe out 99.9 percent of bacteria, viruses and protozoa. Some models use lithium batteries; others are charged with a USB cable or portable solar panel.
The Skilken home's organic glass shape, designed by renowned architect Bart Prince, shimmers in the sun, as seen on HGTV's Amazing Water Homes. Red potted flowers stand out in a line in front of the home's facade.
Catch and save water from household chores to use in the garden. Keep empty 5-gallon buckets on hand to hold the catch from a dehumidifier. Use plastic milk jugs to save cold water that typically runs down the drain while you wait for hot.
The first thing you need to do when disconnecting a pipe is to shut off the water to the house. Water is constantly flowing from the municipal pipe at the street to your house; stopping that flow of water will keep things dry while you work on your plumbing project. Locate the metal plate that covers your water meter at the street edge of your property. Lift it up, and you’ll see the meter and the shut-off valve. The shut-off valve is turned with a specific tool called a key. Street key, box key, slot key or meter key: They’re all the same tool if they have a metal groove that fits over the knob on the meter. Use your key to shut off the water at the street.
Located in Great Guana Cay, Abaco Islands, Bahamas, the homeowners of this sprawling beachfront home quickly discovered that though they were surrounded by water, they had very little to sustain a lush lawn. Secondly, the salt water killed the grass they had. So, they decided to fake it!