Have you noticed that your sprinkler system is using more water than it once did? This will run your utility costs up. Over time, the amount of water your system is using can increase dramatically, adding a good amount to your water bill. Here are a few ways you can reduce the cost of using your sprinkler system while keeping your yard looking beautiful.
Have Regular Maintenance Performed
Sprinkler systems that aren’t well-maintained are not efficient. That’s why we recommend you have us out once a year to check over your system for leaks and other damage. Small leaks, clogged sprinkler heads, and other issues will all add up to prevent your sprinkler system from working as well as it should. Even worse, a system that isn’t maintained will eventually break down. That may mean you have to have some or all of it replaced.
When Does Your System Come On?
When have you set your sprinkler system to come on? Do you change that schedule according to the seasons? If you don’t, it’s likely your yard isn’t being watered as effectively as it could be. For example, if you set your sprinkler system to water your yard from early spring to late fall, you’re using too much water at times. That’s because your yard likely doesn’t need as much water in April, May, September, or October as it does during June, July, and August. By setting your sprinklers for the summer, you’re over-watering in the spring and the fall.
You also need to consider the time of day you’re watering. During the hotter months, you want to water in the early morning or late evening. Otherwise, a lot of your water is going to evaporate under the hot sun.
Your landscaping also plays a part in how efficient your sprinkler system is. If you have plants that require a good amount of water, you’ll need to run your system more. This is true even if only a few of your plants need more water.
You’ll want to pay close attention to what you plant, the overall water needs of your yard and flowerbeds as a whole, and your local climate. Typically, using flowers, shrubs, and other plants that are native to your area will put less of a strain on your sprinkler system. Selecting plants that need low amounts of water will also help you reduce your overall water usage.
Need to schedule maintenance for your system? Contact Altitude Sprinkler & Landscape today.