This week I repeat, in part, my blog on saving money on your water bills. I can now report the evaluation and water conservation efforts from Citrus County Utilities are saving us money. Our last three months water bills were $72, $98, and $111.24. We were averaging $150 a month.
Here impart is the previous blog info….
After receiving many notices from the water department that our water usage was above average (our average water bill in 2017 was $150 a month and last year in 2018, it was $216.54 a month. We were told we were using 41,000 gallons a month. We filled our pool twice last year and maybe that increased our cost. And as a gardener, I have a lot of plants I water. However, we thought we had nothing to lose, the analysis is free, so we scheduled our water use analysis. We can now report savings!
Edwin Bugbee, Water Conservation Specialist, came to our house and spent about 45 minutes looking over our irrigation system and talking about ways to conserve water.
We thought we would do well… we had our irrigation system updated with new sprinklers heads about three years ago (All Wet Sprinklers). We found one clogged head that was not spraying as a result of the dirt. Our timer box was not leaking. We also thought since we just had a new timer by Hunter and a new rain sensor installed (Pipe it Too Irrigation) last fall, we would do well again. What we learned was that even with our new sprinkler heads that dispense more water, more efficiently, we had water running in most of our zones way more than we needed to!
Under the new watering schedule, our lawn looks great and not burned out!
Ed also gave us test tablets to put in our toilets to make sure our toilets were not leaking water. And they were not.
We always replace washers when our sink faucets start leaking at the base of the handle-another water waste if not corrected.
We were given brochures about how to manage water. We were given the information on Florida Friendly Landscaping classes.
“Residential outdoor water use in the United States accounts for nearly 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation. Experts estimate that as much as 50 percent of this water is wasted due to overwatering caused by inefficiencies in irrigation methods and systems. Irrigation control technologies can significantly reduce overwatering by applying water only when plants need it.”
This fact makes me think of how many vacant homes we see that have their irrigation system running right after or even running a rain. Everyone should have an operational rain sensor!
The phone number to call to set up an appointment is: 352-527-7669.