Did you know that in America, we consume more water per person than in any other country?
Yes, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American family consumes 320 gallons of water per day. And nationwide, landscape irrigation accounts for nearly one-third of residential water use, totaling nine billion gallons per day.
That’s a lot of water. Especially when you consider that no less than 40 states expect to experience water shortages within the next decade or so. And in some states, like California, ongoing droughts may become the “new normal.”
The only way to ensure that there will be enough fresh water long-term is for everyone to do their part in bothconserving water and in making better use of the water that they do consume.
A Practical Water-Saving Measure
One of the best ways for people to significantly reduce their water consumption is by replacing a traditional lawn withartificial grass or other eco-friendly alternatives, such as drought-tolerant plants or xeriscaping. The reason? Experts estimate a healthy, green, 800-square-foot lawn requires 44,000 gallons of water per year, which adds up to a staggering660,000 gallons over 15 years.
In addition to helping save water, artificial grass also:
- Reduces people’s impact on the environment — Artificial turf doesn’t require any fertilizers or pesticides, or any gasoline to mow it (Think mowing the lawn once a week doesn’t impact the environment? Consider this2001 Stockholm University study found that an hour’s worth of mowing produced the same amount of emissions as driving a car 100 miles).
- Lowers maintenance costs – Once installed, artificial grass doesn’t require any mowing or trimming. Today’s artificial grass is also far more durable and longer lasting than traditional grass. Plus, weeds don’t grow in artificial grass like they do in ordinary grass.
- Looks great year round and feelslike real grass. In the past, many people thought artificial grass looked fake and unnatural. But today, artificial turf is much more realistic looking–to the point where it’s hard for people to tell the difference between real and artificial grass without a close inspection. In fact, synthetic grass now comes in a wide variety of types ranging from late summer long to putting green short. In addition to being used in a front yard and/or back yard, it can also be used in play areas, pathway borders, rooftop gardens, dog runs, around pools, between patio pavers, and more.
Sample Installation Costs
The cost of installing artificial grass for residential use varies, depending on the product purchased. But, prices typically range between $1.79 and $3.49 per square foot. That said, before installing artificial grass, a homeowner should check with their city and local water agency, as some cities offer tax credits and/or rebates for installing artificial turf, while others may place some restrictions on its usage.
Want to find out more about how you can save water (and money!) by switching out your lawn for an artificial grass one? Contact us today to request a quote.