Since my water company (LADWP) offers rebates for weather-based irrigation controllers, SkyDrop decided to go door to door and offer free installations of their controllers. I’m assuming they also processed the rebate paperwork for the homeowners. LADWP is among the largest water utilities the US, if I’m not mistaken. I’m wondering why Rachio hasn’t done something anything like this in Los Angeles? I found out about weather-based controllers like Rachio pretty late. Rebates for weather-based irrigation controllers were tucked away on LADWP’s website and before that I had never come across any sort of promotional material. If SkyDrop had gotten to me a few months earlier, I might’ve used my $199 rebate check on them and not on my Rachio controller
I got to take a look at my neighbor’s SkyDrop controller. It has no where near the function and setting granularity of Rachio. Most importantly, SkyDrop has no support community to speak of! Oh well, at least I no longer witness the revolting sight of lawns being watered in the rain anymore!