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Sustainability provides a way to save money without being called cheap. This is a gift for all of us committed to sustainability. More people will buy into sustainability after they experience the money saving results. Promoting savings helps get us closer to where we want to be. Here are 10 of the best ways sustainability saves you money:

  • 1. Purchase water saving products to save money.

    The cost of water is increasing rapidly all over the United States, and the increase is set to continue. Purchasing water saving products is always a smart, sustainable investment.

  • 2. Swap out your old toilet. The mid-century masterpiece home is making a huge comeback right now.

    Unfortunately, many of these homes have the mid-century toilet that uses three times the water modern toilets use. Many water agencies offer rebates to upgrade to an efficient toilet. This is an upgrade that will save a significant amount of money over the years.

  • 3. Convert your traditional spray irrigation system to a drip irrigation system.

    The water savings are substantial, and the money saved from the water reduction will pay for itself in a couple of years.

  • 4. Swap out your showerhead.

    When you change out your showerhead you save money on water, and you also reduce energy use because you are heating less hot water, this is a double savings! The EPA has a list of water-efficient showerheads, and you can find it here.

  • 5. Purchase a smart controller for your landscape.

    If a traditional irrigation controller is adjusted four times a year, it's considered okay. Smart irrigation controllers determine the need to make adjustments to your schedule daily. As a result, the water and money savings are very high. I have seen some situations where smart controllers saved enough money to pay for themselves in just a few months. Besides, your plants will live longer, look better, and your property value will increase.

  • 6. Consider swapping out your old urinals at your business.

    According to the EPA, if we swap out all the old urinals in the United States, we could save 36 billion gallons annually.

  • 7. Use compost in your gardens to save water.

    Compost increases the water holding capacity of your soil. It keeps the water in the root zone longer allowing your plants to use the water for a more extended period of time.

  • 8. Plant trees around your home or office.

    Shade trees can significantly reduce energy costs in the summer. The shade they provide dramatically decreases the temperature in and around your home or office. In the winter well-placed evergreens block wind and reduce heating costs by as much as 50%. Factor the increase into the overall value of your property due to the aesthetic appeal of trees, and you have a winning solution that can start right away.

  • 9. Target 30 miles per gallon for the vehicle you drive and the vehicles you have for work.

    For all the gear heads out there, make it a challenge to find a high-performance car that gets good mileage. It is surprising to see how many are out there. Better yet think about what you can do with the thousands of dollars you save annually on gas.

  • 10. Plan your driving to be efficient.

    There are a few landscape contractors who take time to plan their maintenance routes taking advantage of traffic patterns and locations. They save fuel and time. As a result, they save money on gas and increase the number of properties a crew can service in a day. This is another double savings.

If you have a few ideas of your own on how sustainability saves you money we would love to hear them in the comments sections. We are always interested in learning from others.

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Richard Restuccia

Richard is a water management evangelist. He believes passionately in water efficiency and sees the financial and social benefits far too often to keep a secret. Richard is a spokesperson at industry events and on the Hill to provide direction and insight on landscape water management best practices. Richard puts his words into action through service on various boards and committees. He served on the Irrigation Association's Board of Directors and is a University of California Master Gardener. Richard also writes for other publications and is an award winning contributor to Lawn & Landscape Magazine. In 2014 his efforts were recognized with a “Leadership in Landscape” award. He has a great interest in the supply of clean water for people in developing countries and as an outdoorsman, spends his free time running, swimming and surfing.


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