Landscape Irrigation Systems: 3 Potential Ways You Can Save Money And Water

Construction & Contractors Blog

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), there are roughly nine billion gallons of water utilized outdoors at residential properties across the nation every single day. This water is primarily used for landscape irrigation. That's a lot of water, especially when you consider the fact that households often use more water outdoors than they do indoors to wash clothes and shower. Then, with the cost of residential water doubling or more in one-fourth of the cities in the United States in the past 12 years or so, it is crucial that you do what you can to help save water, which then translates to money savings on your end. Here are three things you can do to save money and water while still ensuring that your yard looks as beautiful as ever:

1. Install Only Water-Efficient Sprinkler Heads.

Water-efficient sprinkler heads, such as rotary spray heads, are designed to produce water drops and streams that are resistant to the wind and larger in size. They can also help to reduce the chance of over-watering and prevent evaporation. For more information, contact Heads Up Sprinkler Systems or a similar company.

2. Consider Utilizing the Technique Known as Drip Irrigation.

Drip irrigation is a very popular watering technique that is used for trees, shrubs and various other plants. In some areas, it is known as localized irrigation or trickle irrigation. Roughly 90 to 100 percent of the water goes straight to the roots, which is the exact place that the water is needed. In addition, it can help you save up to 50 percent of the water. This is particularly beneficial since it is estimated that roughly half of all water used in landscape irrigation is actually wasted.

3. Make Use of Smart Controllers to Avoid Watering When It's Raining.

One of the worst ways that water can be wasted is by having your sprinkler systems come on during the middle of a rainstorm or immediately after it is has poured down. Smart controllers, or sensor-based controllers, evaluate the soil moisture and weather conditions before allowing the system itself to turn on and water the lawn. It automatically calculates and adjusts the watering schedule to meet the needs of your grass and plants. Therefore, with smart controllers, your lawn is always getting the most appropriate and accurate amount of water without overdoing it or wasting water. These controllers increase water savings by roughly 25 percent.  


26 August 2015

Those Cold, January Nights

When I was in college, I lived in an old house just south of the university campus with five other girls. When we came back from Christmas break, the heater was broken. The beginning of January was the coldest time of the year, and because it was the weekend, the heating company couldn't come fix it for a few days. My roommates and I pulled our mattresses into the front room and slept all together to keep warm. Two weeks later, our heater broke again! That time we ended up getting a completely new furnace. Needless to say, we got to be good friends with the heating contractor that month, and it was a good experience that led to the creation of this blog.