Trying to keep the grass green during a hot Texas summer can be a challenge. There's nothing like hearing the sprinklers turn on to make you appreciate avoiding the hours you'd spend watering the grass without them.
Many may mistake that when water runs there's no electricity involved. Think again.
According to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), modifying irrigation systems can reduce energy and costs.
In certain areas of the United States, switching from high- to low-pressure sprinkler systems can save as much as $55 and 770 kWh per acre annually."
You could use sprinkler systems more efficiently with the following steps:
- Repair and maintain equipment to potentially help reduce wasted energy.
- Track your water use by using timers and scheduling timeframes.
- Ensure that you're updating and modifying your sprinkler system.
The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) advises the use of sprinkler automatic shut-off devices that may act as water-saving technology. These devices feature an internal valve that automatically closes when the sprinkler head breaks, effectively eliminating water loss through a broken sprinkler head.