How often do you monitor your household water consumption? While we may only think about conserving water during periods of drought, water is essential to preserving and maintaining plant and animal life. Water conservation is important to consider in our day-to-day lives and can be simple to incorporate without drastic lifestyle changes. Here are three simple options to make household water conservation a part of your daily life.
Turn off the faucet
You’ve probably heard it before. Turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth is an easy way to save water. Just this small change could save up to 200 gallons of water a month. Aside from brushing your teeth, being conscious of your daily water usage and how long the faucet has been on can conserve thousands of gallons of water. From washing the dishes to washing your hands, it all adds up. Simply being aware of how long you’ve had the faucet running can help to dramatically decrease water consumption. For younger members of the family, consider using a timer or other reminder to keep the faucet off as much as possible.
Doing laundry uses a significant amount of water; however, there are ways to conserve water while keeping your clothes clean. Some people may purchase more efficient washing machines to promote water conservation, but there are simple steps you can take without trading in your washing machine. Using towels more than once and waiting to wash laundry until you have a full load of clothes can also reduce and conserve water.
Switching to artificial turf
Have you ever wondered how much water we use while watering the lawn? A natural lawn, on average, requires as much as 22,000 gallons of water per year. In fact, the lawn is one of the most water-intensive parts of the household. 85 percent of grass’ bulk is water– which means that it requires a lot of water to keep up your beautiful, green lawn. If you ever feel like you’re constantly running your sprinklers- that’s why.
An easy, practical solution is to get rid of your natural grass lawn and install artificial turf in its place. Artificial turf is a practical and cost-effective way to lower your water bill and conserve water. Artificial turf is drought-proof and ensures you’ll never waste gallons and gallons of water watering a natural grass lawn each year. Even better, your lawn will always be lush and green so you can say goodbye to your sprinkler system.
To find out more about installing artificial turf to decrease your household water consumption, contact Shawgrass today to learn more about our products and get a free estimate.