Thirsty front lawn? Get smart about conserving water outdoors

You may have to outsmart your smart controller to keep lawn watering in check (Photo: Viorel Railean, dreamstime)

You may have to outsmart your smart controller to keep lawn watering in check (Photo: Viorel Railean, dreamstime)

Using less water at home is a snap indoors if you have the cash. Just install modern low-flow toilets, a state-of-the-art washing machine and dishwasher and a conserving water heater. Outdoors, where 50 to 75 percent of residential water is consumed, the solution is trickier. Most people over-water their yards, but watering less may not be enough.