How to Save Water, Spare Your Wallet, and Step Up Your Landscaping
Pat McIntyre, CEO
In the Golden State, “Brown is the New Green” when it comes to lawns. Particularly in the broiling, bone-dry months of July and August, Californians struggled to meet tight water restrictions and contain their ever-growing water bills. So, they let the grass die.
Whether you live in a drought-stricken state or just want to lower your bills, it may seem tough to simultaneously conserve water and maintain a beautiful yard. The good news is that you don’t have to choose. You can save water, spare your wallet and step up your landscaping all at once.
Find your baseline
The EPA reports that the average household uses 320 gallons of water per day, and 30 percent goes towards outdoor use. However, as much as 50 percent of that outdoor water is wasted. To eliminate the waste, you need to understand how much water you currently use to maintain your yard.
Review your water bills and then estimate how much water your plant species require. My company offers a free online tool, the ETwater Optimized Irrigation Plan, that can help you with this process. This baseline will eventually show how improvements to your irrigation system and landscaping affect your water use.
You can’t control droughts or the price of water, but you can change how you consume water. A beautiful yard and conservation aren’t mutually exclusive. Confront the waste in your irrigation system and landscaping. Don’t settle for “Brown is the New Green.”