Posted on | July 6, 2012 | 1 Comment
It’s easy to take the obvious for granted until a smart group of academics points it out to us. This is the case with “Life at Home in the Twenty-First Century,” a UCLA study looking at how 32 Los Angeles-area families use their homes. This fascinating press release enumerates the findings, which include the astonishing line, “Even in a region with clement year-round weather, the families hardly used their yards, and this was the case even among those who had invested in outdoor improvements and furnishings.”
Given that water suppliers estimate that roughly half of household water use in Southern California cities takes place outdoors, presumably it is automated spigots and sprinklers on timers greening the spaces trafficked most heavily by pool cleaners and mow-and-blow teams.
To hear several of the study authors as well as a subject on today’s Larry Mantle Show, click here.