Let's say your system checks out okay, but you still want to save some dough. Consider installing a separate water meter for your yard. Though this may cost a few hundred bucks, we promise you'll recoup the cost in one season. Most folks who do so say their bill is almost half of what it was, because water used for exterior purposes is charged at a lower rate. Don't have an irrigation system? No problem; this meter can work on hose bibs too.
"Irrigation Checklist" is from the April 2008 issue of Southern Living.