Sharon Hale and Dawn Student have taken converted their lawn to drought-tolerant plants. They also drive a Prius, reflecting several steps to reducing their carbon footprint. Courtesy photo
Mark and Maria Tebbutt enjoy their garden, which includes 30 fruit trees, vegetables and chickens as part of their plan to reduce their energy use. Their landscaping is drought-tolerant to conserve water. Courtesy photo
Alan Pryor has solved the problem of an exposed southwest wall with a customized shade he devised himself. He puts it up in the summer and takes it down in the winter when he wants the sun's warmth on the building. Courtesy photo
Alan Pryor of Davis supplies 100 percent of his electricity with his photovoltaic solar system. He is careful to shade the patio and southeast windows in the summer to keep the interior of the house cool. Courtesy photo

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