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Smart Irrigation Systems: A “Greener” Idea

If you’re a typical homeowner, you probably put your automatic sprinkler system into the same category as your home’s heating and cooling system. You expect it to work reliably and efficiently with minimum fuss. The latest technology offers just that–and more.

A sprinkler system is one area of your home where a little knowledge can go a long way to conserve water while maintaining a healthy yard that’s the envy of the neighborhood.

The new generation of “smart” sprinkler systems can be viewed as sophisticated communications systems that happen to dispense water, rather than a network of underground valves, pipes and pop-ups controlled by a wall-mounted timer.

Thanks to advances in electronics and communications, sprinkler systems can monitor data, such as climate, site conditions, or soil moisture, and automatically adjust your sprinkler’s watering schedule. Smart systems keep your grass green while saving your “green.”

The secret to smart systems is the controller. Smart controllers use either weather and/or site data to automatically determine when and how long to water. Then your sprinklers apply just enough water at exactly the right time in each zone of your yard.

Here are highlights of the substantial benefits that smart controllers offer:

Saves Water

Environmentally friendly smart systems conserve water by watering only as much as needed. Smart sprinklers work with Mother Nature to automatically suspend watering during rain, freezing or high wind conditions or compensate for rainfall. Plus a smart system can keep your lawn and landscape healthier by avoiding the pitfalls of inadequate watering, too frequent watering, or the more common problem of overwatering, which often results in disease or poor […]

Teaching an Old Irrigation System Some New Tricks

Update your irrigation system for greater efficiency

Saving water is in every homeowner’s best interest. You save money and help conserve the local water supply at the same time. Just because you have an old irrigation system installed in your yard doesn’t mean that you can’t update it to take advantage of the newest, most efficient technology. Your irrigation contractor can tell you what components are best suited to your system and offer the greatest benefit.

  • Add “smart” technology. Smart technology refers to irrigation devices that can adjust your watering schedule without direct input from you. Climate-based controllers that adjust watering schedules based on weather conditions and plant information can have a profound impact on your water usage. Find out more about smart technology at: www.irrigation.org/swat/homeowners.
  • Install a centralized irrigation controller. Typically used on golf courses, these systems are finding their way into more residential and commercial applications, especially for large lawns where water is expensive. With just a few computer keystrokes or by remote control, the user can reprogram controllers in multiple locations. Plus, watering schedules can be saved and reused with ease.
  • Have a rain sensor installed. Low-cost, excellent value! This device can be added to almost any system and will automatically override the system settings to prevent watering when it rains. They are inexpensive, simple to install, and they save water and money.
  • Add a pressure regulator. Incorrect water pressure can cause conditions such as “misting.” Misting occurs when water is turned to vapor rather than droplets at the sprinkler from too much water pressure. Most of the misted water is blown away. While a pressure regulator may not help your neighbor’s lawn, having one installed by a qualified contractor could do wonders for yours.
  • Install micro-irrigation. […]

Keep your lawn green AND save money!

Does your automatic sprinkler turn on even if it’s pouring rain? There is a way to prevent that!

Rain sensors have been required on all newly installed sprinkler systems in per Minnesota Statute , since 2003. As one of the leading Landscape Irrigation Contractors in Minnesota, we have installed thousands of Irrigation Systems since 1984 in athletic complexes, golf courses, commercial developments, multi-family and single family homes. And we have been installing these water-saving devices since 1999 when they first became available on the market.

A rain sensor detects when it’s raining and shuts off the sprinkler system. The cost for the device is between $70 and $140. The savings in water charges from the use of a rain sensor could pay for its cost in the first season. It’s estimated that a rain sensor will save at least 2,200 – 2,500 gallons of irrigation water per household on every rainy day.

As an EPA WaterSense partner, I am committed to spreading the word about the need for smart water use. Let me know how I can help you save water and money with your irrigation system

Make the right choice

All parts of an irrigation system…controller, valves, sprinklers…work together to ensure your plants get proper watering. Replacing just one portion of your system with efficient products help save water. Over time, replacing all components (or installing a new system) with efficient irrigation products ensure optimum savings.