Solar-Powered Irrigation Timer Saves Water & Money

Thanks to ongoing drought, watering restrictions have already been announced across the state of Colorado. Those determined to sport a  lush green lawn are limited to two days of watering per week, and watering during the hottest part of the day and soaking the pavement are expressly forbidden.

Remembering to turn the sprinklers on early in the morning or evening can be a pain, however. And if you forget, at least in Denve,r you’ll have to wait for your approved watering day to come around again. Irrigation experts DIG recently released the solar-powered ECO1 irrigation timer to help with this annoying problem. Just set it up, and you can have the luxury of automated watering without digging up your yard.

DIG Eco1 Solar Irrigation Timer

Image via DIG

Though it’s not the only automated irrigation timer on the market, the ECO1 is different from its competitors in several significant ways. The patented ambient light powered technology means no consumption of electricity, no batteries, and no unsightly wires to bury.  In fact, it doesn’t even need direct sunlight, so you can place it wherever it makes sense for your lawn or garden, without worrying about loss of power.

Once installed, the ECO1’s SimpleSmart programming uses 20 historical weather-based presets to automatically adjust irrigation schedules each month, keeping your plants well hydrated but eliminating over watering. The program also allows users to suspend irrigation with the rain delay feature which automatically restarts after the programmed days have passed. In areas facing water restrictions, this feature also makes it easy to fine tune irrigation schedules from 0 to 200% without having to adjust run times.

“Our technology is easy-to-install and affordable because in addition to saving water and preserving resources, families are interested in saving time and money,” said DIG Marketing Manager Benjamin Raines. “They can spend less time worrying about their yards and more time enjoying them with technology that is highly advanced, yet simple to implement.”

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

    • tonyrutt

      You might also be interested in seeing the Rainwater
      Hub: http://www.rainwaterhub.com

      The Rainwater Hub actually channels water up to 150’
      away from a downspout. Which means you can move rain barrels away from the home
      and into the yard where water is needed and convenient.

      It does this using gravity and regular garden hoses
      alone!