How much water are you wasting in your landscape?

Better Water Conservation for your lawn and flowersThe average American family uses more than 300 gallons (1135 liters) of water per day, and during the summer this number can be up to 1000 gallons per day, and not to exaggerate, but some reported up to 3000 gallons per day. That’s equivalent to washing 75 loads worth of laundry A DAY!!!
 
But let’s face it, we all need water in our homes and some of it we use to drink, to take showers, and even to brush our teeth. Although between 30 to 50% of the total water use is outdoor: watering gardens, lawns, washing your car, etc. That still a lot, don’t you think? Almost HALF of your water bill goes towards watering your landscape, and if you live in an arid region, that is even more.
 
But don’t panic, there’s always a solution, in fact, there are many. No, we are not going to tell you to get rid of all your lawn, and all your beautiful flowers, or cut that rose bush that blooms all summer long. We know how much you love your landscape and how much effort you put in it to get it to look as beautiful as it is.
 
This is the problem: experts estimated that around 50% of landscape water use is wasted. Yes, that could be equivalent to $500 a year in your utility water bill.
 
Some of the causes you might be wasting water in your landscape are due to either a poor irrigation design, an excessive water pressure in your system, or the most common one, improper irrigation scheduling.
 
Irrigation scheduling, is that even a thing? If you have an automatic irrigation system, most likely you have an irrigation controller, commonly known as a clock. This device automatically waters your landscape, but you have to program it on what days, the time, and for how long is going to irrigate.  Most of the time, this task is done by your landscape contractor, so you never get to know how is programmed.
 
Experts recommend changing the programming of your clock on a weekly basis, since weather tends to change, and with that, your landscape water needs. In other words, your plants don’t need the same amount of water every day during the whole year. We’ve heard of some people changing their clock programming on a weekly basis, some others would do it monthly, but the majority would just turn it on at the beginning of the season, and off at the end. It is in those cases where water is wasted the most.
 
Thanks to technology, and years of research, we’ve been able to develop devices that do this reprogramming for you automatically. These devices are called Smart Controllers. They collect current weather data, calculate, and determine when water is needed and when is not. With this approach, customers have been able to save between 30 to 50% of water.
 
Controller Link is a device that turns your regular clock into a Smart Controller. Yes, Controller Link connects via WiFi to a network of weather stations, and collects data from the closest to your area to calculate and determine when to water your landscape.
You don’t need to purchase a new controller, or modify your irrigation system, or change the look of your landscape, so yes, you can keep your roses. But you know what’s the best part about installing Controller Link? You will save water and save money by watering your landscape in a more efficient way.
 
 
References:
http://www.irrigation.org/swat/control_climate/
http://www.epa.gov/watersense/our_water/water_use_today.html
http://www.epa.gov/watersense/outdoor/index.html