When spring and summer come along, you might see a spike in your water bill. Cleaning up around the yard with the hose and watering the lawn and garden all summer can use up a lot of water. Here are some things you can do to help reduce your outdoor water use and cut down on your utility bill.
Buy a sprinkler that has a timer or rain sensor.
Unattended hoses and sprinklers can waste hundreds of gallons of water in just one evening. Purchase sprinklers that have a timer or even a rain sensor. The timers will keep the water output consistent and keep you from having to run out into the yard to check on it’s progress. If you forget about the sprinkler, it will turn off automatically, so it doesn’t waste water. The best time to set your timer to water the lawn is in the early morning or late evening. Then the water won’t be evaporated by the sun.
You can also purchase an inexpensive rain sensor to attach to your sprinklers. When the sensors feel rain, they will tell your sprinklers to skip a cycle and save you both water and money.
Invest in a drip irrigation system for your garden and lawn.
A drip irrigation system is an energy efficient and convenient way to water your flower or vegetable gardens. You can set the system to apply a small amount of water to your garden, so you don’t have to constantly attend to it. This reduces overwatering. The best landscapers in Edmonton can install a more complex irrigation system for your entire yard. This is the best way to give your lawn a good, uniformed water and is much more accurate and efficient compared to sprinklers.
Install a rain barrel.
We all know that when it rains in Alberta, it can pour! Gallons of good water comes off your roof and down your downspouts. Make use of that free resource by collecting it in a rain barrel and using it to water your lawn, plants and even to clean up around the yard, washing the car or filling the bird bath. Not only is this water FREE, rain water also has more oxygen and nutrients than tap water, is free of chemicals like chlorine and ammonia, and is much better for your plants and lawn.
You can build a rainwater collection system using one or multiple barrels and save hundreds of gallons of water to use in your garden or for other purposes. Learn how to build a rainwater collection system.