With the state of the economy and the need to conserve both natural resources and hard earned money, there are steps that can be taken to take both into consideration. The ongoing awareness for eco and sustainable living has influenced many households to consider greener forms of living. Large and small steps alike are being taken to ensure less waste and more conservation. Home improvements can be made to fully commit to an eco lifestyle enhancement. The crucial issue of water conservation has pushed many households to consider a variety of ways to save water.
A considerable option for household water conservation is the installation of artificial grass. Several states governments have established special programs that grant tax rebates for homes that install synthetic grass. The state of Arizona’s climate is well known for its desert climate, ushering scorching hot summers that can require much water to keep lawns looking green. It is estimated that 61,000 gallons of water is used each year just to keep a single lawn green throughout the seasons. The state governor has thus declared a state drought for the past twenty years and heavily urges water conservation within the state. In order to save on this precious natural resource, while cutting water bills tremendously, several families have looked to artificial grass for conservation. They have thus taken advantage of existing tax rebate programs that can save on some of the costs for installations and products.
Many of the rebate programs in Arizona are sorted by city. In Mesa, rebates can yield from $50-$225 from replacing grass and plants with low water landscape, such as synthetic turf. A minimum of 500 square feet must be replaced in order to be eligible for the rebate. In Peoria and Tempe, rebates range anywhere from $500-$550, depending on the amount of landscape changed to artificial turf, be it a front yard, a backyard, or even both. Specifically in Peoria, at least 500 square feet must be changed for rebate eligibility. In Glendale, possible rebates can reach up to $750. This is granted to new homes, existing converters, and non-residential areas that replace at least 500 square feet of natural grass and plants with synthetic grass. In Chandler, there are rebates available to HOA’s and residents who install artificial turf on at least 1,000 square feet. The rebates for this city begin at $200 and can max out at $600. Up to $3000 for commercial installations, or up to $1500 for residential installations can be rebated in Scottsdale. At least 1,000 sq ft of grass must be removed and converted to low-water-use landscaping.
Other cities within Arizona can look up active or potential rebate programs on the Arizona Municipal Water User’s Association’s website. Other informational websites can be found, including a water study done in Flagstaff, which shows statistics when measuring the emergence of water conservation within the city. Informative resources are a great incentive to consider helping with Arizona’s drought crisis. Tax rebates are also a great incentive to considering an artificial grass yard, as these rebates can be used toward synthetic grass products and installation. Rebate programs are a wonderful opportunity for households to cut back on finances while helping with the state’s water and drought crisis.