Go for the Water-Saving Gold

The fastest way to score Olympic-size savings is to turn off your irrigation system. Then use our WaterSaver Coupons for the win!

The 2020 Summer Olympics may be over, but there are still some Olympic-size savings to be had on your monthly water bill. And it’s as simple as cutting back your landscape watering.

Simply put, no watering means lower water bills — much lower. Considering that 50 percent to 75 percent of summer water use is landscape watering, the easiest and fastest way to save money is to turn off your irrigation system. Yes, you read that right. You can turn it off.

Here’s why: ample rainfall in late spring and mid-summer quenched many thirsty landscapes. A typical landscape palette of drought hardy species like oak, elm, cenizo, Salvia, frogfruit and horseherb manage just fine with limited rainfall, especially when said rainfall occurred during their prime growing season.

Hand-watering is always the most efficient way to save water and money. You can further reduce your water use by using our WaterSaver Coupons to replace water-guzzling grass with attractive pollen-producing plants or aesthetically pleasing pavers or stepping stones.

Of course, our extensive video library is available to help you reduce or even eliminate your summer water use.

Does the box in the garage with the lights scare you? Check out irrigation controller basics and conquer the fear! Once your feet are wet and you know the basics of the controller, learn to avoid these three mistakes when programming it. Speaking of three, here’s three ways to prevent a high summer water bill. Finally, get to know the easy button — your irritation controller’s most valuable feature.


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Mark Peterson
Mark A. Peterson was a conservation project coordinator for San Antonio Water System before retiring. With over 30 years of experience as an urban forester and arborist, Mark is probably the only person you know who actually prunes trees for fun. When not expounding on the benefits of trees and limited lawns, you're likely to find him hiking San Antonio's wilderness parks or expounding on the virtues of geography and history to his friends.
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