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Aug 21, 2013 1:59 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

Smart Homes Help Save H2O and Repel Water Restrictions

CORPUS CHRISTI -- The latest developments in "smart homes" has now come to the Coastal Bend. A local home building company says less is more when it comes to the use of water. Now, some homeowners there won't have to deal with drought restrictions.

Water efficiency is the focus for the first cottage subdivision in the city. Developer Bart Braselton says 'The Cottages at South Lake' off Slough Road are nearly ready to fill up with residents. There are 150 single family homes ranging from 1,000 to 1,600 square feet, that feature water conservation at all costs.

"We built into this home the ability to use about 50 percent less water than a typical home in Corpus Christi," Braselton said.

Prices per home start in the 120's but for that kind of green, you can go green. Starting with your lawn which consists of bermuda grass that can withstand dry conditions. Plus, native plants are put in that don't need tons of watering. Which is perfect for times like these when the city is under drought restrictions.

These eco-homes have smart features like a drip irrigation ground system vs. a sprinkler system

"One of the nice things about the drip is you can water any day you want to not just on trash day," Braselton said.

Plus, even the .36 inches of rain that fell Tuesday will be recycled and won't go to waste.

National stats say that on average, home roofs can harvest up to 600 gallons of water from just one inch of rainfall. At the smart home the excess water goes right into a rain barrel that holds up to 40 gallons of water that can be recycled and used to water the grass.

Going green doesn't stop at the front door. Inside, potential buyers will find countless ways to save including a recycling center, natural gas stove and keeping to the 'conservation theme' low flow toilets, tubs and sinks.

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