Water Conservation/ Landscaping

Energy costs for air conditioning at certain times of the day can be reduced more than 50 percent by proper placement of the right plant materials around a residence. Source: University of Florida IFAS Extension

Water Conservation and Energy savings go hand in hand.  Throughout most of the country, electricity or gas is used to heat water which increases the energy consumption. Water utilities use energy to purify and pump water to your business as well as treat your sewage. This means the more efficiently that your business can use water the more money your business will be able to save.  Source: Energy Star

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Some ways to save related to the water you use are:

  • Repair leaking pipes, fixtures and seals
  • Install water-efficient appliances where applicable
  • Install efficient showerheads and faucets
  • Install controls that turn faucets off automatically
  • Put in high-efficiency toilets and urinals
  • Depending on your type of business, use horizontal axis washing machines 
  • Practice green landscaping (greenscaping or xeriscaping)
  • Install an insulation blanket on water heaters seven years of age or older 
  • Insulate the first 3 feet of the heated water "out" pipe from your water heater
  • Install an energy-efficient electric or gas water heater
  • Consider "tank-less" water heaters to reduce "standby" storage costs and waste
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Source: Energy Star and U.S. Department of Energy


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Broward County reclaimed water usage as process water

A 10 million gallon per day reclaimed water plant was added at the North Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (NRWWTP) to further polish the treated effluent to allow its use for landscape irrigation and process water. This reclaimed water plant includes filtration and disinfection at a cost of about $10,000,000, which replaces potable drinking water from the Broward County District 2A Water Treatment Plant for these uses and results in an average energy savings of 4.599 million kWh per year.


Did you know that landscape irrigation accounts for up to 50% of water consumption in Broward County? That is why Naturescape is an important part of Broward County's water conservation program Water Matters.

If one out of every 100 American homes retrofitted with water-efficient fixtures, we could save about 100 million kWh of electricity per year—avoiding 80,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. That is equivalent to removing nearly 15,000 automobiles from the road for one year!

If 1 percent of American homes replaced their older, inefficient toilets with WaterSense labeled models, the country would save more than 38 million kWh of electricity—enough to supply more than 43,000 households electricity for one month

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NatureScape is about creating Florida-friendly landscapes that conserve water, protect water quality, and create wildlife habitat.

NatureScape encourages the use of native plants in landscaping. These plants are uniquely adapted to grow in South Florida. Natives generally require little watering once established, and are naturally pest resistant, which means less use of expensive and toxic chemicals. So by using native plants we conserve water and reduce pollution while maintaining a healthy landscape.

What are NatureScapes? Why do we need them? Islands of Green answers these questions and explains the challenges facing Broward County in managing urban growth while protecting our natural systems at the same time. Find out how you make a difference just by starting in your own backyard.

Creating Your NatureScape shows how to utilize South Florida's unique climatic and environmental conditions to your advantage when designing a sustainable landscape. This step-by-step guide shows you how to build an environmentally friendly and beautiful yard from soil to flowers to water fountains.

Maintaining Your NatureScape according to best management practices for fertilizing, mowing and recycling yard waste will save money and time and benefit the environment.

What if I don't have a yard? Florida-Friendly Patios and Rooftops become small oases with these guidelines for growing greenery in containers in the midst of urban settings.

How can I get started? How do I make sense of all this information? In Design Your NatureScape, follow the guidelines to design your plans on paper in an easy to understand way. Then, turn your plans into a living NatureScape!

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NatureScape Program: Number of NatureScape Certified Government Facilities

Native trees were installed at County facilities to provide energy savings to existing buildings. Broward County's NatureScape program since 2004 has obtained certification for 88 County facilities. As Florida-friendly landscapes, they have increased overall tree canopy, retrofitted irrigation systems to water efficiently, and reduced irrigation needs by selecting native plant species. There is a significant reduction in GHG by reducing the amount of electrical power needed to maintain building operations.

Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Master Gardener & Best Management Practices Training Programs

387 programs were given to 46,289 participants among 30 cities, training them in the Nine Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping. Master Gardeners answered email, telephone and walk-in personal inquiries, as they helped 33,979 residents find the smallest carbon foot-printed solution to landscape pests and diseases, and to recommend research-based water and soil conservation techniques.  Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Florida Master Gardeners & Best Management Practices serves to lower GHG emissions by promoting sustainable practices for additional carbon dioxide sequestration & storage. Thirteen UF-IFAS/FDEP Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM Green Industries Best Management Practices (BMP) Certification Classes were held, training 798 industry practitioners, Broward County and Municipal employees. Also, 23 new Florida Master Gardeners were trained and donated a total of 26,997 hours during Fiscal Year 2010.​