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Habitat for Humanity Uses Turf to Teach Water Conservation

June 12, 2016

Habitat for Humanity (HFH) has joined with community leaders in Los Angeles to teach people how to save on energy costs. Lowe’s staff members teamed up with the non-profit to show locals how to go green and save cash. It all begins with smart home design and energy saving products. Local experts at Watersavers Turf can answer questions about making the switch to artificial turf, and about how low-maintenance faux grass can help you save money and time.

Homeowners Find Ways to Use Less Water

Twelve homeowners in one Los Angeles neighborhood were shown how to find ways to use less water around the house. Over a span of two weeks, over 400 Lowe’s staff lent a hand. They spent over 5,000 hours working on the homes. The team swapped out grass lawns for synthetic turf, mulch, and drought tolerant plants. They also made bathroom upgrades, with low-flow showerheads and toilets. The HFH project was part of statewide work to save our precious resource. The City of Los Angele’s “Save the Drop” campaign took a leadership role in the project.  “I’m proud to announce that Habitat LA has adopted the plan and is joining my fight to build a sustainable LA by committing to up to 1,000 water-wise upgrades for low-income homeowners in South LA and across LA,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Over 300,000 Gallons of Water Saved

About 318,000 gallons were saved in just these twelve homes. That’s over $100 in water bills saved per home, per year. Just think of the cash and water that could be saved if everyone in California adopted these easy conservation tips. HFH’s goal is to save natural resources and promote being green. So, they also come up with ways to save energy when building new homes. In summer months, the desert heat gets intense. Adding more insulation is a smart idea to save on cooling costs. To save water, they chose an ACT D’Mand Kontrols pump system, for hot water on demand. “It has electronic controls that actually, once activated, bring hot water from the water heater to the fixture without running any water down the drain,” said Larry Acker, CEO of D’Mand Systems.

A standard water heater can take 2 to 3 minutes to heat an upstairs bath. This uses about 8,000 gallons of water per year. The on-demand system heats water in just 30 seconds! That means significant savings. The cost to install it is about $400 to $800, based on the size of the house.  No added plumbing is needed, either.

There Are Many Ways to Save Our Precious Resource

Installing synthetic turf is another smart choice for Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay Area yards, and we can advise people about the benefits it offers. Local firms joining with city leaders makes a real change in saving water for our future. The power sits with individuals too, who make changes in their homes and gardens. We can help. Call us today at 844-974-8873, chat with us online, or visit one of our seven locations.

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