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Final tours of Eco-Home let owner Julia Russell plan her next steps

August 27, 2010 |  7:45 am


When she started "greening" her Los Feliz bungalow, Julia Russell was unusual. Now home renovations that conserve water or take advantage of the sun for light, or include vegetable gardens are growing common. And Russell is ready to retire.

This summer she held the final tours of Eco-Home, the house she made into a laboratory for energy conservation. She reminisced and talked about her plans to spend time with family and decide what she'll do next. One thing she won't have to do is worry so much about housekeeping now that her home won't be open to the public.

-- Mary MacVean

Photo credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times