eGuide to a WaterSmart Lifestyle

© SDCWA 2013

WaterSmart is where our San Diego lifestyle and water efficiency meet. Each step you take has the potential to enhance your lifestyle, increase the value of your home, save money and inspire a neighbor to do the same.

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Surf Before You Shop Shop online first, then go to the store to check out the styling and kick the tires. WaterSense and Energy Star let you search product offerings by features. The big hardware stores let you specify WaterSense or Energy Star models on their websites and sort the results by brand, price, sales and customer rating. WaterSmart Tips! Ask About Delivery and Installation Before you decide where to buy, call and ask retailers if they provide delivery and installation. If the answer is yes, they usually remove and take your old appliance, too. Irrigation Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers Look for models with the EPA's Watersense label. These small wonders take the guesswork out of irrigation. They use historic weather information to automatically adjust your watering schedule to the time of year. They also connect to rain sensors and stop watering when rain is detected. A study by Irvine Ranch Water District documented average homeowner water savings of 37 gallons per irrigation cycle, when the controller is correctly installed and programmed. Most brands will work with any irrigation system, have a large digital display to make programming easier and will walk you through a series of questions regarding the soil, plants and sprinklers in each of your irrigation zones. Some brands provide videos and software to simplify programming, and some even offer web-based operation. If you're not sure about installing or programming, hire a landscape or irrigation professional. $70-$500 at hardware & irrigation supply stores © Courtesy of Rain Bird Smart Irrigation Controller Favorite Websites WaterSmart Residential Water-Use Calculator 23

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