Most Californians think that they use more water indoors than outdoors. Typically, the opposite is true. In some areas, 50% or more of the water we use daily goes on lawns and outdoor landscaping. There are lots of ways to save water at home, but reducing the water you use outdoors can make the biggest difference of all. Listed below are a few easy ways to change the way you use water outside your home.
One easy way to cut down how much water you use outdoors is to learn how much water your landscaping actually needs in order to thrive. Overwatering is one of the most common mistakes people make.
If you really want to be a sophisticated water user, invest in a weather-based irrigation controller, or a smart controller. These devices will automatically adjust the watering time and frequency based on soil moisture, rain, wind, and evaporation and transpiration rates. Check with your local water agency to see if there is a rebate available for the purchase of a smart controller.
One way to save water outdoors is to plant the right plants for your climate. Explore the Save Our Water Water-Wise Garden Tool (PDF) to learn what plants and flowers will flourish in your neighborhood.
Water is often a go-to tool for outdoor clean-up jobs. Conserve water by following these simple steps: