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Build it green: how to turn your home into a green, environmentally friendly machine




Phil Tussing installs photovoltaic solar panels on a residence in Portland, Oregon.
Phil Tussing installs photovoltaic solar panels on a residence in Portland, Oregon.
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It could be as simple as improving your rain gutters to turn them into water collectors or as complex as installing solar panels on your roof—green living has become more than just a fad for Southern California, it’s slowly turning into a lifestyle. For a region that’s generally dry (the past two years aside) and very expensive (especially for electricity) doing both the big and little things around your house to make it more environmentally friendly not only helps the Earth but should also save you a little green (get it?). The Alt Build Expo roles into town this weekend, showcasing exhibits that include green building and design, energy efficiency, water conservation, ecologically sustainable landscaping, waste management and more. So instead of letting the big industrial builders all of the fun we bring the Expo to you with tips and advice for turning your home into a green machine.

Guest:

Dean Kubani, environmental programs division manager for the City of Santa Monica