The summer is just about over here in Minnesota, but we’ve had a hot last few weeks. With the warm weather comes dead (or nearly dead) grass. We have a very small (.12 acres) yard, but even I notice a difference in our utility bill during the summer months. I’m sure you all notice an increase as well.
Do you know how much watering your lawn is costing you?
I’ve only been a homeowner for a few years now, so I was very interested to find out how much it actually costs. After a little bit of online research and my own experiences, I thought I’d share with all of you what I’ve found.
There are people who water their yard every day (or every other day), then there are people who don’t water at all. Luckily, with a small yard, our water bill doesn’t increase too much. We probably spend an extra $5 a month on watering. I try to avoid watering the grass in our yard at all costs (just because I’m cheap like that), but I have to water our garden in order for it to survive. If we spend an extra $5 just watering our garden, I’m wondering just how much some people spend on water.
If you have a 1/3 of an acre lot (typical suburb lot) and water it one inch a week, you’ll spend an average of $15 a month. That’s not too bad, but what if your lot is actually 1 acre or more that needs to get watered? It could run you upwards of $50 or more. That could start breaking your budget if you weren’t expecting it.
Also, if you decided you wanted to water it more often (like every morning) that number could jump up to $15 a week just for a 1/3 of an acre lot. This doesn’t even mention the fact that you’re having to pay extra in electricity for the air conditioning. We try to avoid that as well, but it’s common for us to have at least a $20 higher electricity bill.
I love summer and all of its benefits, but it does come with some extra costs that may come up to bite you if you’re not careful. Being that summer is almost over, we may have to go over how much it costs to heat your home sometime soon (hopefully not too soon).