Thirsty front lawn? Get smart about conserving water outdoors

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.