St. Patrick's Day is quickly approaching, and you know the drill. Don your favorite "Lucky" or "Kiss me I'm Irish" t-shirt, fight the crowds at the parade and hit the local Irish pub. While this form of celebration is a blast, there are other exciting ways you can commemorate the holiday - including some that have a more lasting impact right at home. Focus on the color of St. Patrick's Day and go green - environmentally friendly - in your backyard.
Be lighter on the electricity
By installing System Pavers outdoor lighting, you can brighten up your space with LED bulbs. Aesthetics aside - though you can't deny the stunning beauty outdoor lighting design adds to your home - this move makes you a responsible homeowner. As the U.S. Department of Energy highlighted, switching from incandescent bulbs to LEDs can cut back your energy use by a whopping 75 percent.
Expand sustainable surfaces
Water is not a sustainable resource, yet every being needs it to live. As a homeowner, you can do your part to conserve water and ensure there's enough to go around. Installing artificial grass allows you to do just that. With System Pavers turf, you get lush green grass year-round with absolutely no watering required, which is especially advantageous to homeowners in drought-prone regions.
In addition, turf installation doesn't require any dangerous pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, meaning you're not putting harmful chemicals into the air or soil. You can also ditch your gas-guzzling lawn mower and say "good bye" to what might be the most dreaded chore.
Of course, you can do so much more than simply replace real grass with turf. You can also expand your paved surfaces with a beautiful custom patio or add a pathway. Not only is this route more energy-efficient than natural grass, but the beauty is unbeatable. With so many color options, you can create a walkway or driveway that's as unique as your family.
Make life more efficient
Not only do these environmentally friendly initiatives reduce your carbon footprint and allow you to do your part for the planet, but they make your life more enjoyable overall.
For one, adding LED lights lets you extend the time spent enjoying your backyard with friends and families. Your kids can play flashlight tag and run throughout the lawn while the adults kick back on the custom patio and actually see each other's faces. Simply put, outdoor lighting means the sun won't dictate when you can and can't enjoy the backyard you worked so hard for.
Meanwhile, artificial turf gives you a lush green lawn all year-round with no maintenance required. Your time is freed up so you can spend it with those who really matter: your spouse, kids, friends and other family. Instead of mowing the lawn on Sunday, invite your neighbors over for a late-morning brunch. Rather than standing outside with a hose, play bocce ball with the kids.
Think of it this way: Going truly green for St. Patrick's day is better for both the planet and your life.