Can you imagine the frustration of spending thousands of dollars a year on something you think is an inevitable expense? How exciting would it be to find out you don’t have to keep losing that money? Wouldn’t you want to make a simple change that will pay you back every year instead of continuing to slip away?
Ventana Lakes, an active retirement community just outside Sun City, AZ, offers residents a long list of activities and miles of beautiful grounds to enjoy. While the activity list is constantly updated, the community’s irrigation system was stuck in the 1990′s and water bills were pouring in at modern-day rates.
The HOA was in search of a water management solution to update their irrigation. With the approval of the Ventana Lakes Board, ValleyCrest identified a test section on the property and retrofitted the old traditional irrigation controllers with smart controllers. In addition to adjusting the amount of water on a daily basis according to the weather, these controllers are also configured to coordinate with the soil type, plant type, slope and sun exposure. The end result of the irrigation update is a modern irrigation system finely tuned to meet the needs of the plants and prevent over-watering.
Within six months Ventana Lakes saved $5,200 on their water bills just by using smart controllers on the sample area alone. The grounds were healthy and the board was happy—so happy they authorized the installation of smart controllers throughout the Ventana Lakes property. And with every smart controller installed, the savings on both costs and water continue to grow.