How To Reduce Your Water Bill
By Rie Oshiro
Is your water bill too high? That might account to the tremendous amount of water being used outdoors—specifically on your lawn.
Hawaii living expenses are already at an all time high and are only going up from there. In 2015, the Honolulu County Board Of Water Supply held a meeting to discuss a five-year water rate plan that would potentially hike the water rates another twenty-four percent. With this insane plan, Hawaii residents will be paying a crazy amount for water bills by 2020.
Some residence are switching their lawns over to artificial grass. Once installed, it doesn’t have to be changed for another 15 to 25 years. Not to mention, your lawn will look green and dazzling without all the maintenance. Various schools in Hawaii have already made the switch. Just check out one of them, such as Roosevelt High School’s stadium, if you are second guessing the lawn’s aesthetic.
Furthermore, switching to synthetic grass is extremely environmentally friendly. According to the current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) statistics, the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water with almost 30% of it being distributed to outdoor use—including lawns, irrigation, and at home produce. Hawaii’s Board of Water Supply already recommends cutting down lawn watering to just 2-3 times a week in order to conserve. However, this is the minimum amount of watering per week to keep your lawn green and healthy looking. Instead, switching to synthetic grass could mean no water-waste with that nice healthy lawn look. None of the work, but all of the beauty.
These days, the price of living has gone extensively. Living in Hawaii is hardly affordable and with water prices on the rise, turf lawns should be given careful consideration. Water prices will go up in the coming years, but perhaps we can make a change if we reduce the amount we use, starting with our lawns.
Here are a few more things you can do to save water immediately:
Collect Rain Water for Plants
Place a barrel at the end of your gutter drain spout to collect rainwater to water your plants.
Water your plants with a Soaker Hose
Use a soaker hose to water the plants in your yard, and you’ll have precise control of where the water goes – and more importantly – where it doesn’t.
Mulch Your Garden
Mulch reduces evaporation allowing your plants to receive the full benefit of rainwater.
Take Shorter Showers
With a 5-minute shower and a low-flow showerhead, you’ll use 12.5 gallons of water or less. Compare that to 37.5 gallons for a 15-minute shower.
Shower Instead of Taking Baths
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it takes 35 gallons of water to fill the average bathtub. Switch to a five-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead, and you’ll save 22.5 gallons each time you scrub up!
Repair Faucet Leaks
A leaky faucet can waste 1000-2000 gallons of water per year.
Install a Faucet Aerator
Faucet aerators screws right onto the bottom of your faucet to reduce water flow, without reducing water pressure.