The Rachio IRO can control sixteen different zones in your yard, and automatically adjusts watering schedules based on the weather. If you want to keep tabs on it, its iOS and Android app will show you how much water you’re using (and saving), and allow you to make any adjustments necessary, no matter where you are in the world. All of these smarts mean that the IRO can save you 30% on your outdoor water use, so it should pay for itself over time. It’s also EPA WaterSense Certified, meaning your local water company might offer you a rebate for purchasing it. [Rachio IRO Smart 8-Zone Irrigation Controller, $150]
Note: There’s also a brand new model of the Rachio available for $250, which adds a physical remote, revamped housing, and Amazon Echo support.
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