More from The Realist Idealist: Sustainable living and home improvement

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

After experimenting with sustainable living for two years, a budget-minded consumer takes stock of what's been worth the money and effort, and what hasn't.

The Realist Idealist: Trying to undress my ‘water footprint’

Changing eating and dressing habits can do a lot to conserve the global freshwater supply.

Water conservation? The sky's the limit

A city slicker and a farmer in one

Recycling bath water takes muscle

Welcome to the world of waterwalls

Taking the plunge with a composting toilet

Homemade cleaners get the job done

Pet hens and chicks

Solar power incentives make it easier to switch

Gray water: from the washer to the garden