Why SMART Irrigation Controllers Make A Lot Of $$ense

With all the buzz in recent years surrounding SMART products, it is easy to experience a slight degree of confusion. Simply stated, a smart irrigation controller or timer has built-in water saving features including a sensor to adjust to the optimal sprinkler run time based on the local weather conditions. Smart controllers help to provide a healthy, beautiful landscape while reducing water use. This not only saves water, but also reduces costs for the homeowner. Smart controllers use real time weather data to automatically calculate the best irrigation schedule for your property. Many models offer optional sensors such as soil moisture sensors and rain/freeze sensors which use their data to water only when you need to, for as long as you need to, all, automatically.  When combined with local weather data, smart controllers provide optimal irrigation for your landscape. to automatically calculate the best schedule for your garden. Saving water has never been so easy.

Smart controllers customize your yard and garden’s watering schedule to fit your specific plant needs, saving you up to 60% of water usage compared to a conventional timer-based schedule. Rest assured these cutting-edge controllers can still me manually operated. You can easily start a preset schedule at the touch of a button. This versatility is great for testing your system or watering a set of zones on demand! Although we haven’t experienced the stringent water restrictions that states such as California have, smart controllers allow homeowners to customize water scheduling in ways not conceivable with conventional controllers. Another added benefit is that you’ll no longer waste precious water in the Winter. With a smart controller, watering levels are automatically based on the time of year, combined with sensor data. Different landscapes have their feeding personalities, be it short and frequent, or long and sparse. Smart controllers, will schedule each zone accordingly.

Smart irrigation controllers are available in a wide array of brands and come in indoor as well as outdoor models. They can be purchased at most home improvement retailers as well as online. All smart controllers include an app compatible with Apple iOS 8 or greater and Android 4.4 (KitKat) or later, allowing you control from any smart device. Some models are compatible with Amazon Alexa, Amazon Echo and Google Assistant which allow voice control. As mentioned above, all smart controller have a manual override feature which provides the option of managing watering schedules at the actual controller.


SRP has partnered with cities across the Valley to offer homeowner rebates for installing certified WaterSense Smart irrigation controllers. These rebates generally range from $200 to $250 per household. Here is a list of certified WaterSense smart irrigation controller manufacturers: Aeon Matrix, Baseline, Blossom, CalSense, Cyber-Rain, Desert Irrigation, Dig Corporation, Etwater, GreenIQ, H2O, Hunter, HydroPoint, Hydro-Rain, Irrisoft, Irritrol, Netafim USA, Nxeco, OnPoint EcoSystems, Orbit, Rachio, Rainbird, Raindrip, RainMachine, Rainmaster, RainPal, Scotts, Signature, Skydrop, Spruce, Toro, Tucor Inc. and Weathermatic. To learn more about SRP’s smart irrigation controller rebate program, click here. Didn’t see your city in the list, click here for a list of other Smart irrigation rebates you may qualify for. ♥♥♥


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