Eight: Replace the grass in your yard with something that doesn’t require watering
The suburbs are a strange place, not least of which is the idea of a grassy yard. Much of the US, especially in urban areas, does not have the luxury of such a place. What is my suggestion here? Get rid of them! They are a waste of money and time. It is estimated that 10 gallons of water a day is used to water a lawn. In a church of 62 families that is 620 gallons of water a day used to water the communities lawns. In a year that is over 226,000 gallons of water used for grass. Instead of using that water on grass, put it into barrels and store them in the backyard in case of an emergency where the city water is turned off.
Replace the grass with something that doesn’t require watering like dirt, cement, or some other innovative idea. The yard doesn’t need grass in order to be considered “pretty” or “beautiful.” We simply need to think of better ways to use our space. If you feel that you must have something in the backyard, perhaps you could read a book or two on growing vegetables, pulling up the grass, and planting a few rows where you grow vegetables or fruit. Use these fruits and vegetables to sell at church fundraisers and for nice fresh home-cooked meals.
Rather than investing in individual yard, invest in community parks where all children can come to play together in a communal fashion. This will promote neighborhood community, it will save money on individual water bills, and it will help conserve water in case of a crisis (in California the expected drought season is already cause for alarm).
Nine: Drink more water
If number eight and nine seem contradictory, they are not. This is simply an economic choice that must be made in every household. There is a slight problem to me when the fridge is filled with soda, fruit juice, iced tea, and all sorts of sugary drinks. The amount of money spent on these is not only unhealthy but costly. If a family is consuming a 24 pack of soda every two weeks, you are spending a lot of money on drinks that are noticeably unhealthy. Teach your children instead, to grow up drinking water and other healthy drinks like milk. Do not allow them to have soda, fruit drinks, or any other sugary drinks. Teach them instead to get their sugar from proper places like fruit. This is simple, but it could save upwards of $500 a year.
Ten: Get involved
There are so many people who simply say, “What can I do?” Time really is a valuable resource, and if you are using it inefficiently, you need to consider how one might use it more efficiently. Get involved somewhere instead of spending two or three hours watching TV.