How to Save Gallons of Water and Major Water Bill Dollars

Summer is a great time to discuss the need for water conservation. Direct Rubber Mulch is highly invested in making sure that our landscaping products are recycled to qualify as a green product for both homeowners and business property managers. With Fourth of July recently passed, the height of summer is upon us. Chances are it has shown its effects on your landscaping as well as your water bill.

wilted.plantsNo matter how well-maintained your curbside is, your landscaping is bound to show the effects of summer. Some of the most common effects include:

  • Brown or yellowed patches in your lawn or on plant leaves
  • Wilted or dying plants
  • Excessive soil dryness after watering

While it may be your first instinct, reaching for the water hose is not necessarily enough to revive your plants and lawn to the bright, lush green appearance you’re used to. In fact, you could be guilty of overwatering! According to WaterSense[1], a program established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, there is a test you can carry out to see whether or not your lawn needs watering. Simply step on your grass and watch if it bounces back. If it does, the area does not require watering.

Another tip to help reduce your water bill is to inspect your watering tools including your hose hookups, sprinkler heads and the system’s piping and connectors. If any pieces are faulty, you can be losing gallons of water! According to an infographic[2] accompanying Becky Striepe’s article for Care2.com, if a sprinkler head is broken, it can contribute to wasting as much as 25,000 gallons within a six month period!

low flow toiletWater conservation is not only a concern for outdoor use though. According to an infographic on eLocal.com[3], as much as 95 percent of incoming water to homes within the U.S. goes straight down the drain. This is why eco-friendly organizations and products all highly encourage the use of low-flow accessories, so you will see a noticeable decrease in your water bill as well the amount of water your household uses. The infographic[4] also explains how a conservative faucet could save up to 1,000 gallons of water a year, although the most significant savings was after switching from a standard toilet to an economical model, which resulted in almost 24,000 water gallons per year saved!

We understand that landscaping helps to create a positive first impression when new guests visit your home or business. No matter what you use to maintain your landscaping and how it fares for your water bill, Direct Rubber Mulch wants to ensure that you are educated in ways to conserve water this summer.

Direct Rubber Mulch provides landscaping mulch that is perfect for residential or commercial applications. Visit our website today to check out our landscaping borders and recycled mulch selection. They are great water conservative options for daycares, churches and playgrounds!

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[1]Striepe, Becky. “Conserve Water this Summer with These Simple Tips.” 2013, July 28. Care2.com. Retrieved July 11, 2014 from http://www.care2.com/greenliving/conserve-water-this-summer-with-these-simple-tips.html.
[2]Ibid.
[3]eLocal.com. “How Much Water is Your Home Wasting?” 2011, April 14. Retrieved July 11, 2014 from http://www.elocal.com/content/home-expert-network/water-home-wasting-infographic-431.
[4]Ibid.

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