Many times it's because the contractor doesn't have the knowledge or proper training to design or install using the best practices and techniques that are suited for the project or job site. Other times the consumer isn't informed with all of the information they need to make an educated decision when choosing which sprinkling methods see best for their property. Throw in a tight budget with the previous statements and you end up with an irrigation installation with inadequate features and design flaws. These problems will leave a consumer with years of inflated water bills, overwatered or under watered areas of their lawn and an inefficient sprinkling system.
There are a few easy ways to avoid these problems from the beginning. You'll end up saving money in the long run if you just do a little research, ask your contractor the right questions, have a quality design and a few key components installed within your irrigation system.
The controller is the main hub or brain of your sprinkler system. This is where you control the schedule that your irrigation system will operate. Over the years irrigation controllers have evolved making them more user friendly and efficient. Recently "SMART CONTROLLERS" have emerged. These use up to date information from your job site regarding current weather and geographic conditions then automatically adjusts your watering.
Over 9 billion gallons of water per day are used outside residentially. Most of this is used for lawn and landscape irrigation - as much as 50% of this could be wasted with bad watering practices. By simply replacing a conventional residential irrigation timer with a Water Sense labeled controller every home could save around 8000 gallons of water per year. If every home in the country did this it could add up to 120 billion gallons per year or $435 million dollars in savings.
Don't worry you may be in luck. If you have a controller such as the Hunter Pro-C, you don't have to replace it to take advantage of the saving capabilities. Simply add a Solar Sync sensor and turn it into a smart controller.
Call us today for a consultation at (440)935-1182. For other ways to improve your sprinkler system and make it more efficient, follow along with our blog posts.