An increasing number of people are seeking ways to better conserve water and decrease water contamination. Ty Newell is a retired engineering professor from the University of Illinois.
He's been working to make his home in Urbana a model of conservation and energy efficiency by collecting rain water for use in a range of household purposes. Newell recently gave a tour of his home to WGLT's Michael Hill.
The Equinox House also features solar panels that produce more than enough energy to power his home and two electric cars. Among the other unique features at the home is a clean air system that monitors the amount of dust and other allergens in the air, as well as foam insulation that keeps warm air out in the summer and cool air out in the winter.
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