DIY Rain Harvest: Save Money with Rain Barrels

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So, here’s a problem: Your water bill is increasing. If it hasn’t yet, it probably will soon.

Look at these headlines:

If you’re like a lot of us, you probably waste a lot of water. While watering your home garden isn’t necessarily a “waste” of water, it does take up gallons from a precious resource that, over time, costs you big money. What if there was a way to reduce your water bill while harvesting a free resource to fuel your garden?

The answer is rain barrels. This article will highlight ways in which rain barrels can be used to harness a natural resource – and save you money and time.

Rain Harvest – Nature’s Freebie

Did you know you could capture 600 gallons of water from one 1,000 square foot roof? There’s a big rain harvest from every one-inch that falls from the sky. It’s a free resource that’s pretty easy to take advantage of. Here are some great ideas for capturing your own rain harvest right outside the front door.

The first step is to call Rain Brothers, to install a water catchment system. Notice, that we didn’t call it a rain barrel; that’s just one small way capture rain from your roof. We also install huge water tanks above or under the ground to catch even more water – and then add a pumping station and irrigation system to funnel the water wherever you need it most.

What can you use all that free water for?

If you have a home garden, using rainwater is much healthier for your flowers and vegetables. Municipal water typically has chemicals like fluoride and chlorine that can actually harm plants; rainwater is a better (and free) alternative. Use it for lawns, too.

You can use rainwater to water livestock, pets, or put it in birdbaths if you’re a bird watcher.

How about washing your car with rainwater?

If you’d like to use your rainwater for human consumption, you would need to install a filtration system in order to clean out any impurities. If you have a well, you can conserve it by filtering rainwater and using it in place of your well.

You can wash pets or even yourself with rainwater. Showers account for about 17% of al residential water consumption; so using rainwater will make a big dent in your water bill.

According to the EPA, doing laundry uses 22% of indoor water use in the United States. You can use rainwater for this task, too.

Preserving the Rain Harvest

Your Mom or Grandma may have told you how soft rainwater could make your hair or clothes. Back in the day, your family probably made use of rainwater in all kinds of ways. It’s an “art” that Rain Brothers is committed not to lose.

Talk to Rain Brothers about installing any of the rain harvest systems from this article – from residential rain barrels to cisterns for agriculture or business; our team can help. 

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