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Rainbarrels For Conserving Water

February 23rd, 2009

 

Rainbarrels are a great way to conserve water around the home and garden and this article discusses different ways you can save water including rain harvesting.

Tips and information on saving water at home and in the garden.

As the warmer months approach, now is a good time to start thinking about how you can save water over the summer months and beyond. We often think of the water in our taps as a never ending supply, but in fact it is very important to conserve water, as only a very small amount of the earth’s water is fresh, about 3%. And when you consider that almost 70% of that is frozen, there is not much left for human consumption. The threat of global warming and the issues of lower rainfall that may bring to some areas, also means that we need to start thinking now about how we can reduce our water consumption.

There are actually many simple ways to save water around the home, reducing your dependence on mains water and therefore also saving you money. Some everyday tips include only using the water required in pans and kettles, not running the tap whilst brushing your teeth, showering rather than bathing and making sure that washing machines and dishwashers are only used when full. None of these cost anything to implement, but some additional very inexpensive water saving devices can help further. Install a Hippo in your toilet cistern to reduce the amount of water used to flush, and invest in a water butt for your garden to collect rainwater. This can then be used to water the garden or wash the car. Whilst not reducing your overall water consumption, you are lowering your dependence on mains water where drinking-quality water is not necessary. 
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More expensive options are full rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling systems. Rainwater can be used for household tasks such as toilet flushing and in washing machines, whilst greywater (water previously used in handbasins, showers and baths) can be processed to be reused in toilets and washing machines. These systems are more of an investment but can significantly reduce your dependence on mains water.

<< SIDENOTE: Rainbarrels can be very cost-effective and rather inexpensive for collecting rain water. >>

The summer months in particular can see an increase in water consumption due to the needs of a garden. As well as using rainwater as much as possible, you can reduce the amount of water needed with a few simple measures. Water plants in the early morning or evening to reduce evaporation and use a watering can rather than hose or sprinkler. Don’t worry about watering your lawn as grass is very hardy and will soon recover even if it turns brown during a hot spell.

All of these water saving tips can really help to reduce your water consumption. Try to think carefully about any water you use and you will soon see a difference in your water bill.

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By Hayley Jones
Published: 5/27/2008  

 

Rainbarrels Around The Home

Also known as water butts in the UK and rainwater tanks in many parts of the United States, rain barrels are water containers wherein rain water from rooftops is collected and stored.

Protecting the Environment with a Rain Barrel

Collecting falling water in a barrel or container is not a revolutionary new idea. The concept of a rain barrel and other types of rain catchers has been in use as long as agriculture… pretty much as long as civilization.

Installing Rainbarrels, Rain Chains, And Underground Cisterns

In January’s Sunset Magazine there was a short article about installing rain chains, rain barrels and cisterns in order to collect rain water, and I was really interested in it because I was planning on doing at least 2 of them.

Rain Barrels And Gardens

Saving money and the environment often go hand-in-hand, a match made on Earth.

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How To Make A Rain Barrel

February 15th, 2009

 

Collecting water in a rain barrel is certainly not a new idea. People have collected rainwater and used it to water gardens and irrigate crops almost since the beginning of time. Over the course of the last few decades, however, most people have chosen to rely solely on their municipal water systems, without considering the cost or the ecological impact.

Storing rainwater in rain barrels lowers water bills and reduces storm water runoff. Storm water runoff carries pesticides, grease, oil, and other toxins into our waterways and contributes to erosion, eating away valuable land. Using a rain barrel is one conservation measure that is being encouraged by many municipalities and environmentalists. Is it right for you?

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What You Need to Know about Rain Barrels

When you make the decision to begin using a rain barrel, you’ll station it at one of the downspouts of your home or business. When the rain falls on your roof and runs into your gutters, a downspout diverter directs the rain through a screen and into the barrel. You then have a source of natural, chemical free water to use when caring for your plants.

Whether you opt to build your own rain barrel or decide to purchase one, there are certain things you need to keep in mind. It is important that your rain barrel be child safe and mosquito proof. Your rain barrel should have a full screen and a lid that you can fasten securely.

In order to prevent algae, a rain barrel should be made of a dark material that does not allow the penetration of sunlight. Be certain that the material is non-toxic. If you’re making your own rain barrel, make sure that you know the history of the barrel.

The best rain barrels will feature a metal spout near the bottom of the barrel so it is easy to access the collected water. Make sure you place the rain barrel on a level surface and secure it to prevent tipping.

A well-designed rain barrel will also have an overflow system that comes into play when the barrel is full. Point the overflow away from the foundation of the house to prevent water damage.

Water that has been collected in rain barrels is not meant for consumption by humans or animals. Your landscaping, gardens and houseplants, however, will thrive when you use this natural, untreated water to care for them.

A Barrel Full of Benefits

Using a rain barrel is a simple way to help conserve water and protect our rivers and streams. Even if you purchase your rain barrel, it will soon pay for itself by lowering your water bill. The fact that you’re taking one more step towards an eco-friendly lifestyle is priceless. Remember, it’s a series of little steps that helps us make giant strides towards protecting our planet.

By: Richard H.

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Making Your Own Rain Barrel  Project

Why spend upwards of $100 on a rain barrel when you can easily make one yourself for less than $20? This is an easy DIY project that can be done in hours.

How To Make A Rain Barrel Guide

I love my rain barrels. I have 4 barrels setup around the house. After many changes, I settled on this rain barrel design.

How To Build A Rain Water Collector

In this instructable, I will show how I made a rainwater collection system to water my garden. This helps to conserve water and make good use of a free and renewable resource.

Harvest Rain Water By Using A Rain Barrel

All you need is a plastic tank, garden hose and a platform and you are ready to setup your own home built rain barrel.

Make Rainwater Harvesting Easy

Laura Allen explains how to build your own rain barrel system and demonstrates how to create your own water catchment system utilizing several recycled maraschino cherry containers.

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Rainbarrel For Home And Garden

February 11th, 2009

 

Back To Barrels
by: News Canada 7ebbec

 home rain barrels(NC)-Reusing rainwater is not a new concept. Families have saved water in ponds, cisterns, buckets and barrels for centuries for use in watering, washing and even drinking. In fact, this practice is still common in many parts of the world.

Nevertheless, almost 40% of household H2O in Canada is used to water lawns and gardens. This is extraordinarily inefficient. It’s also unnecessary. "Using a rain barrel to catch water flowing from eaves troughs is a simple, cheap and effective way to water our lawns and gardens," Derril Linseman, Product Manager at Home Hardware is quick to point out. In fact, if your town bans watering during the dry season, a rain barrel may be the only way to get your greenery the water it needs.

Rainwater is air-temperature, oxygenated and unchlorinated – all of which make it better for plants than municipal tap water. As an added bonus, rain barrels divert rainwater from our sewers onto porous ground. This means that it gets filtered through layers of soil and rock before it ends up in ground water aquifers, lakes or streams. Without rain barrels, this water goes straight into our sewers, often causing overflows of raw sewage into the natural environment.

Setting up a rain barrel is simple. They’re available at most Home Hardware and Home Building Centre locations for anywhere from $75 for a basic model to $150 for the deluxe variety. High-end barrels come equipped with screen filters, overflow hoses and taps.

Once you’ve got your barrel, simply remove the bottom section of your eaves trough’s downspout and set the barrel underneath. Then attach plastic tubing or flexible piping to the bottom of the spout to direct water straight into your barrel. It’s really that simple. And the benefits are almost immeasurable.

 

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How A Rainy Day Can Save You Money

Rain barrels are fairly inexpensive so you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of money on this but if you really want to be frugal about it then you should make your own rainbarrel.

Decorative Rainbarrel

Since water is an ever decreasing precious resource, it only makes sense to look into the many benefits that rain barrels can offer you as well as the environment.

RAIN BARRELS SAVE WATER FOR GARDEN

Rain barrel water collection is an excellent way to save rain water when we have it, and use on our gardens and lawns later. Also, rain water is so much better than faucet water for plants.

RainbBarrel: Gotta Have One 

Gotta have a rain barrel in this drought in Atlanta. What a great way to save water! 

Save On Your Water Consumption With Rain Barrels

Do you know that you can actually harvest rainwater and save them for future use? Yes, you can actually use the rainwater for your garden with the use of rain barrels.

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Rain Water Barrels, The Water Saving Rain Barrel For The Home

February 8th, 2009

 

Rain water barrels make it so easy save water. This article tells you why they are so important.

With environmental concerns currently making headlines all over the world, water conservation is fast becoming an important concern. Whether you are presently in the midst of a drought in your area or you are currently experiencing a lot of rain, rain barrels can have a significant on your water consumption and its impact on the environment.

With water obviously being a precious commodity and an increasingly scarce resource, rain barrels allow you to harvest rainwater and thereby make more efficient use of it as an available water source. Aside from helping you significantly reduce your water consumption, the water you collect in rain barrels is also ideally suited for a number of uses. Since rainwater is generally pure and soft, it is ideal of irrigation purposes around the home.

raindrops rain barrelsWhat You Need to Know about Rain Barrels

Collecting water in rain barrels will allow you to lessen your consumption of water from the water mains system, thereby saving you a considerable amount of money in water costs. In addition, you will be less dependent on the water supply in your area, which is a particularly important concern for people that live in places that have limited water supply. A further benefit is that you have a lot more water available to you, which can be used in anything from watering your lawn to washing your cars and windows.

Many people have used a number of commonly available materials such as cans and jars as sort of improvised rain barrels. While these will do an adequate enough job of collecting rainwater, you will get better results by buying commercially available rain barrels.

These are offered in a variety of sizes, with 55 gallon rain barrels being the most commonly available. Many of these commercially available rain barrels also include features such as spouts and faucets for connecting to other gardening implements.

To help keep the collected rainwater clean and free from contaminants, some rain barrels may also have screens built onto them.

And if you want to have even more rainwater available for use, you can look into rain barrels that are designed to hook up to other rain barrels, increasing the amount of water that you are able to collect.

It is clear that rain barrels can have a greatly beneficial impact on your water consumption…and consequently, your impact on the environment…as well as reducing the amount of money that you spend on water utility bills. Using rain barrels at home will also help educate your children on how to save water, and possibly give them a lesson in water conservation that they will carry with them for a lifetime.

Author: Albert Zan
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Mushroom Compost Garden Tips: RAIN BARRELS SAVE WATER FOR GARDEN

Rain barrel water collection is an excellent way to save rain water when we have it, and use on our gardens and lawns later.

Conserve Water and Save Money: Buy a Rain Barrel

Purchase a rain barrel and do your part to conserve water. In return, get the personal benefit of savings on your water bill.

Save on Your Water Consumption with Rain Barrels

Do you know that you can actually harvest rainwater and save them for future use? Yes, you can actually use the rainwater for your garden with the use of rain barrels.

Waste Not Want Not: Personal Rain Water Barrels

Some savvy gardeners are turning to low-tech solutions to water their yards. Rain barrels have made a comeback in recent years.

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February 8th, 2009

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