The Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program estimates that outdoor watering accounts for nearly one-third of all residential water use—nearly 9 billion gallons per day. By combining a few common sense watering practices with today’s more efficient sprinkler systems, you can keep your landscape looking great using less water. Here are some tips from Rain Bird, to help you use less water this summer without sacrificing the health and beauty of your yard.

1. Install a smart, weather-based sprinkler timer.  Smart timers or controllers, automatically adjust your sprinkler system’s watering schedule based on the season and current weather conditions, to optimally water your plants year round and require no extra programming changes.  Rain Bird’s SST Smart Series timer, uses historical weather database and a smart weather sensor you install in your yard to help you use up to 20% less water.

2. Retrofit your sprinklers with high-efficiency spray nozzles.  High-efficiency nozzles like Rain Bird’s Dual Spray provide excellent “close-in” watering eliminating dry spots around spray heads. Rotary Nozzles with slow, rotating streams of water are ideal for landscapes with slopes or clay soil, giving it a better chance to soak in. For irregular shaped landscapes or tight corners, a high-efficiency variable arc nozzle like Rain Bird’s HE-VAN provides uniform water coverage. Also, make sure your sprinkler heads are adjusted properly to avoid watering sidewalks and driveways. Properly adjusted sprinkler heads should spray large droplets of water instead of a fine mist to help minimize evaporation and wind drift.

3. Watch the clock. Water between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. when the sun is low. Midday watering tends to be less efficient because of water loss due to evaporation and windy conditions. Watering in the evening isn’t a good idea either because leaves can remain wet overnight—an open invitation for fungus to grow.

4. Don’t water when it’s raining. Seems like a no-brainer, right? Still, we’ve all seen sprinkler systems running during rainstorms. Rain Bird’s RSD Series rain sensors are an inexpensive and easy-to-install upgrade to allow your system to shut itself off in rainy conditions.

5. Be a drip! Consider installing drip irrigation to water your garden, plants, shrubs and patio pots. Drip irrigation delivers water directly to plant roots where it’s most needed, decreasing the amount of water lost to evaporation and wind. Water going directly to plant roots, reduces fungus and weed growth. Rain Bird offers a number of “Drip Starter Kits” whether you’re looking to install an efficient new drip system or retrofit an existing spray zone to drip.

By getting “water-smart” and integrating today’s efficient irrigation technology, you can reduce your outdoor water use this summer while still enjoying your outdoor oasis. Visit to learn more about the latest water-efficient products, discover additional water-saving tips and locate water-efficient product rebates available in your area.

Upgrading to WaterSense®

Simply turning off your tap when brushing your teeth can save as much as 3,000 gallons of water per year.

You can conserve even more by installing WaterSense® labeled bathroom sink faucets or faucets accessories. Doing so, an average household can reduce its water consumption by 500 gallons each year.

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From water-efficient bathroom fixtures to water-conserving dual-flush toilets, bathrooms are increasingly designed with eco-friendly features in mind. It’s easy to see why bathrooms are going green. Bathrooms require the largest amount of water usage in most homes, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Going green in the bathroom not only helps the environment, it also helps your wallet.

WaterSense® Products Sold
The number of WaterSense® products sold from 2006 to 2011 at The Home Depot stores in the United States.
Water Saved
The number of gallons of water saved in 2013 because of purchases of water conservation products from The Home Depot stores in the United States.

This assumes the products purchased replaced non water conservation products.
Dollars Saved
The amount of money saved in 2013 based on the amount of water saved in one year because of purchases of water conservation products from The Home Depot stores in the United States.
Swimming Pools Filled
The number of swimming pools that could be filled based on the amount of water saved in 2013 because of purchases of water conservation products from The Home Depot stores in the United States.

This number assumes that it takes 20,000 gallons on average to fill a swimming pool.
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Turn on the tap at The Home Depot for water conservation

If you want to go green by consuming less water, look to The Home Depot. Proud to be sustainability minded, we offer numerous Eco Options products. Fixing leaks or upgrading to high efficiency toilets, high efficiency showerheads, faucets, washing machines or water heaters with WaterSense® or ENERGY STAR® labeled products not only can save you money but also help you use water more efficiently. For any home improvement project or “green need,” go to The Home Depot. We'll help you find ways to conserve water.