If you have your own house, you know full well how much water it takes to keep your grass, gardens and plants looking their best. And along with how much water you use comes a high water bill. Here are some things you can do courtesy of my city’s environmental department to both save water and money on your house’s landscaping:
Water before 6 a.m. and after 10 p.m. to reduce evaporation. Estimated savings of 20 – 25 gallons per day.
Reduce each irrigation cycle by 1-3 minutes. Estimated savings of 15-25 gallons for each minute.
Hand-water with a hose instead of automatic sprinklers. Estimated savings of 20-60 gallons per day.
Adjust any sprinklers to prevent overspray and runoff. Estimated savings of 15-25 gallons per day.
Repair leaks and broken sprinkler heads. Estimated savings of 20 gallons per leak.
Add 2 – 3″ of mulch around trees reduce evaporation. Estimated savings of 20-30 gallons per day per 1,000 sq. feet.
Install a water-efficient drip irrigation system. Estimated savings of of 20-25 gallons per day.
Upgrade to a “smart” irrigation controller that automatically adjusts watering times depending on the weather. Estimated savings of 40 gallons per day.
Replace a portion of your lawn with native or climate-appropriate plants. Estimated savings of 33-60 gallons per day.
I am a big fan of that last one…we all don’t really need big expansive green grass to make our homes look nice. Besides just planting native plants and such, you could also be growing vegetables and fruits on that valuable dirt. See what you can do to save some water and some money around your house!