I share a lot of ideas for saving time & saving money on my blog….two things I feel very strongly about! Combine those subjects with an idea for conserving our precious natural resources and you’ve definitely got my attention. That’s why my nephew Scott and his friends at Skydrop didn’t have to twist my arm when they asked me to try out their “smart sprinkler” system. The fact that it conserves water AND is a seriously simple way to keep your lawn beautiful had me clambering to get my hands on one!
With an estimated 100 million people in the U.S. experiencing drought conditions everyone is looking for ways to reduce their water use. If you have a lawn, chances are it’s your biggest water guzzler. Typically, at least 50% of water consumed by households is used outdoors.
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Many of us have sprinkler systems that are set on timers that we HOPE are doing a good job at watering…but I was fairly shocked to learn that set watering schedules combined with improper watering techniques are responsible for up to 50% of wasted landscape water. They also add up to 30% to our water bill! Not a great set up if you ask me.
But don’t blame yourselves! It would be virtually impossible for us to adjust our watering schedules to account for all the different nuances of the ever-changing weather, not to mention all the different TYPES of landscapes we’re dealing with.
That’s where this nifty box comes in! The good folks at Skydrop have come up with a product that takes all the guesswork out of watering our lawns. We recently had their smart controller installed right over our existing sprinkler timer and in under an hour we were Wi-Fi connected and ready to go!
I can’t wait to see it in action (our secondary water gets turned on by the city in a few weeks.) Tests have shown that using the Skydrop smart controller results in an average reduction in water usage of 35%, earning a Water Sense Certification from the EPA. The EPA has calculated that replacing the standard timer/controller found in most yards (like ours) with one of its certified “smart” controllers can save an average home nearly 8,800 gallons of water annually!
How does it work?? Well, in a nutshell (from a complete novice point of view!) —- it uses a Wi-Fi connection to constantly monitor local weather conditions, and then combines that with data about your particular lawn (e.g. the slope, soil type, and vegetation) and automatically tells the sprinkler system how much to water.
It’s like your own personal weatherman and landscape specialist working together to make your landscaping amazing! :-)
I’ll be the first to admit I’m not the best person to be explaining this “smart” technology (no wise cracks!) Luckily this short video explains it a lot better than I can!
I just love how easy the Skydrop app is to use. I can literally monitor and control my watering from anywhere with a smartphone, tablet or computer.
But as cool and convenient as it is to use…most importantly I love how it’s conserving water and saving money. With 35% average savings…it will most likely pay for itself by the end of the year! (Plus, many communities offer rebates when you switch to a smart watering system.)
There’s no doubt smart irrigation systems like Skydrop are the way of the future. In fact, states such as California, Georgia, and New Jersey have already enacted ordinances requiring home owners to install weather and rain sensors on all home sprinkler systems to monitor water usage. Time to get on board and do the planet and our future generations a favor.
If you are interested in harnessing the power of smart watering…Skydrop is offering One Good Thing By Jillee readers a special discount. Use the coupon code JILLEE and receive $75 off your purchase!
Mine was an early Father’s Day present for my husband Dave who totally GEEKS OUT over this sorta thing! You’re welcome hon! ;-)
Compensation for this post was provided by Skydrop. Opinions expressed here are my own.