Outdoor watering in a scorching summer can burn through cash faster than you think. Learn how to save on your water bill.
Set Sprinklers for Savings
Summer sizzle and bone-dry conditions may have you reaching for the hose or irrigation controller, but too much outdoor watering can soak your water bill.
The average irrigation system uses 2,000 gallons each time it runs. Running your irrigation system twice a week can more than triple your water bill. The more you water, the higher your water bill.
Don’t get soaked (or shocked) by a high bill! Schedule a FREE irrigation consultation and we’ll help you set a personalized irrigation schedule that matches your landscape’s water needs.
Three Ways to Reduce Summer Water Bills
- Water no more than once a week. Less is better. Your landscape will stay healthy—and so will your wallet. Keeping grass as green in the summer as it is during spring is expensive.
- How low can you go? Replace grass with native and drought-tolerant plants. Water less and by hand to keep them looking healthy and your water bill low. Use our $100 WaterSaver Landscape Coupons to get started.
- Keep an eye out for leaks. Apply for a water flow sensor rebate and keep a close eye on real-time water use.
- Twice a week can TRIPLE your bill.
- Set irrigation controller to manual.
- Hand-watering is most efficient for plants and your wallet.
Get to know your plants
- Brown Bermuda grass will survive.
- Water plants with morning wilt.
- Established trees rarely need irrigation.
Top 3 Mistakes Homeowners Make Programming Their Irrigation Controllers
These three mistakes can waste a lot of water and money.
Seasonal Adjust: The Easy Button for Your Irrigation System
Use the seasonal adjust feature to save up to 30 percent of your annual water use.
A Beautiful Yard with Minimal Water
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Get to know your plants. Turn off your irrigation controller and run the system manually as needed. Or leave it off and hand-water established plants that look wilted in the morning. Your plants are tougher than you think.
Let Bermuda grass go dormant (turn brown) in the summer while it waits for fall rains to return.
Watering with a Hose
- Ways to Water Well – The pros and cons of hand-watering, soaker hoses, hose-end sprinklers, in-ground sprinkler systems and drip irrigation.
- The Finer Points of Hand-Watering – Learn the art of watering by hand.
- Watering to Establish Plants – Find out how often to water your new plants to help them get established.
- The Right Way to Water With a Hose – Tips on watering with a hose-end sprinkler or a hand-held hose.
- How to Water Less This Summer – Five tips to reduce your summer water use.
- Peterson’s Picks: Plants with Power – Our Garden Geek’s summer superheroes.
- Find a Plant – Hundreds of gorgeous plants that scoff at San Antonio summer heat.
Conserve Your Cash
A summer spike in your water bill is often caused by outdoor watering, but leaks are another possibility.