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Home Rain Barrel

October 19th, 2009

 

Home Rain Water Barrels 

Home Rain Barrel technology is relatively simple and conservation of water can help in lowering your water bill. The process involves a little more than just putting out a barrell to catch rain.

Here are some terrific rain barrels that can get you started:

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What you are looking to do is catch the flow of water from your house’s gutters before it goes into your underground pipes and into the local sewers. Your collection of water can be considerable. Although appliances that can be placed under the downspout of your gutters are sold with all kinds of extras like attached hoses, you can make one for yourself with a little less cost if you want.

Home rain barrels purchased with an attached hose make watering your garden or yard as simple as turning on the hose. What you save is the cost of using rain water instead of city water.

As far as conservation is concerned, you are recycling the rain water by hosing it onto your yard and letting your plants clean it of toxins it might have picked up on its way down from the clouds. A simple act like collecting water from your roof can put you on the list of ecological professionals.

Of course, a rainwater collection system can be a little expensive if you purchase a home rainwater barrel with an attached hose. You might pay as much as 300 dollars. You can start out cheaply until you decide if it is worth spending money on a downspout water collector by putting a large plastic tub under one of your downspout’s.

You won’t be hurting your downspout’s by removing the pipe going underground. It can be put back if you decide you don’t want to pursue rainwater harvesting later. Once you have an exposed down spout, make sure your home rainwater collection barrell is directly underneath. When it rains, you will have a lot of water that you can use with a simple garden watering can to water your plants.

Collecting water using a rain collection system is a practical way to save on your water bill and to help conserve our planet’s resources. Buying a home rain barrel is more convenient than the bucket and can approach, but you have the option of trying both and either way, you would be showing an interest in our planet’s future.

Rain Barrells And Gardens

Other Rainwater Collecting News

Saving Money and Water with Rain Barrels

Saving money and saving the environment with the use of rain barrels to use less treated water and spend less on water and sewer use charges.

After the Rain Tour: The Impact of Rain and New Stormwater Solutions

For our last stop we were back to Awbury Arboretum, where we modeled our lovely rain barrel and discussed various benefits and glitches you could encounter with your very own rain barrel. The tour was a smashing success.

Rain In The Benefits

A great way to do this is to install a rain barrel or rain tank at your home. Rain barrels and rain tanks are an extremely effective way in which you can easily harvest and store your own pure rainwater to use later for lawn and garden.

Rain Barrels Make A ‘Green’ Comeback

The home systems can be fairly simple — roof gutters to drainpipes, drainpipes to one or more 75-gallon barrels, a hose attachment from the barrels to your garden. Such barrels fill with just an eighth of an inch of rain.

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Rain Barrel How To

October 12th, 2009

 

How To Build Your Own Rainwater Barrel And Save Money!

When the summer months hit, an average homeowner might use over a thousand gallons of water just on his lawn and garden. Using all of this water is expensive and wasteful. A rain barrel harnesses the water that runs off the roof in a storm, saving money and the environment. While it is certainly possible to purchase a rain barrel or a rain barrel kit, building a rain barrel is relatively simple and inexpensive. This article will give you the rain barrel how to information you need to start building a rain barrel with just a few inexpensive materials.

First, gather the parts necessary to make a rain water barrel: one 55 gallon food quality drum, screening, pvc pipe, a spigot, plumber’s tape, and waterproof sealant. If the drum is a used one, be sure to clean it out before using.

Drill a hole in the top of the drum big enough to insert the pipe. Also drill a hole approximately 3/4" near the top for overflow.

Insert the piping into the top hole to check fit, then remove it and wrap with the plumbers tape to prevent leakage. Cover the top of the pipe with screen to keep out debris and mosquitoes.

Near the base of the barrel, drill another hole to accommodate the spigot. Wrap spigot in plumbers tape, secure and seal. A hose may be attached to the spigot so that the water can be directed straight to the garden, if desired.

Finally, use a saw to remove the drain pipe and replace with pvc pipe so that the water drains directly into the barrel. Place the barrel on a level surface, preferably raised to allow better flow of water out of the drum.

The amount of water that can come off a roof during a storm is considerable. That is why when planning the rainwater barrel and how to build it, overflow must be considered. One solution is to construct a second rain collection barrel to be connected to the first. All it requires is some extra pvc pipe to go from one overflow to the next. Add a second overflow hole to the second barrel.

In an area with a lot of rainfall, consider using these rain barrel how to tips to set up a system of up to four barrels. By building rain barrels, a homeowner can see a significant savings on the water bill each summer.

 

Make Your Own Rain Water Barrels

 

 

Rainbarrel Systems Discussions

Kentucky Preppers Network: How to Build A Rain Barrel System

If you already garden or plan to garden you should also be planning to put in a rain barrel system. Rain barrels catch the rain water and gives you free water to water your garden.

Tips on How to Harvest Rainwater

Pay close attention to how your rain gutters are set up. If you have more than one downspout, you may want to position a rain barrel under each downspout to harvest as much rainwater as possible.

Rain Barrel Workshop

Learn how to make a rain barrel out of a plastic food-grade 55 gallon barrel, how to catch rain from your rooftop via your rain gutter downspouts, and how to direct overflow away from buildings.

Wood Rain Barrel

Most rain barrels that are available these days are plastic. This Wood Rain Barrel is much more environmentally friendly than a plastic rain barrel, as well as more attractive. It is made from FSC Certified spruce wood.

Home Made Rain Barrel System

A video showing how to create your own home made and very inexpensive rain barrel sytem.

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Garden Rain Barrel

October 5th, 2009

 

Saving Water & Money With A Garden Rain Water Barrel

Imagine if money literally fell from the sky? Would you stop to pick it up, or let it just blow away? Of course the answer is that you would collect as much money as you could find in your yard, it would be silly to let such a precious gift go to waste. Ironically, many homeowners are throwing money away each and every time it rains. Up to forty percent of a typical water bill comes from using household water in order to water outdoor landscaping. By installing a simple garden rain barrel, homeowners can turn rain water from a wasted commodity into valuable savings on their monthly water bill.

Here are some rainwater barrels that are easy to install and can get you started saving right away:


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Rain Water Conservation
A garden rain barrel is a simple solution to water conservation. It is literally a barrell which collects rainwater from the roof of your house. When it rains, the rainwater is collected in the rain gutters of the home and diverted into the rain barrel for storage. The result is clean, chemical-free water that is perfect for use in watering lawns, vegetable gardens, flowerbeds, fountains and even swimming pools. Homeowners who choose to install a rain barrel in their home are making an environmentally friendly choice. Using rain water helps reduce storm drain runoff and to conserve precious water resources.

Some people are reluctant to install a rain barrel system because they think it will be difficult to use but nothing is farther from the truth. Many hardware chains stock rain barrells that set up in a matter of minutes. The end of the home’s rain gutter directs rain water into the barrel which is leak, freeze and mosquito proof. A spigot at the bottom of the barrel is designed to attach a hose so that when the homeowner wants to use the collected rainwater all they have to do is turn the knob and water just like they would from the spigot attached to the house. Because they use gravity to move water, some homeowners find that elevating their rain barrel on a small platform helps to increase water pressure.

The EPA estimates that a typical homeowner utilizing a rain barrel collection set-up will save around thirteen hundred gallons of water over the course of a typical summer. Of course, the efficacy of a garden rain barrel system depends on the average rain fall of your particular area. Check with your local water authority for more information on rain barrels in your area. Some municipalities will even provide free workshops about gardening rain barrels if you ask for them.

 

Gardening Rainbarrels

 

 

Rainwater Barrels For The Garden

Rain Barrels – Save Money and Natural Resources with a Rain Barrel

It is unchlorinated and naturally soft, with no minerals, so using it on the garden or lawn is a great choice. If you try to make your own rain barrel take care to use a container that hasn’t been used to house chemicals or petroleum.

High Volume Rain Barrel

My wife and I purchased an esthetically pleasing rain barrel for the front yard. After experiencing the benefits there I began looking to build my own system for the backyard for the garden, the landscape, and for play.

Trap The Rain Water

Put a rain barrel underneath your eavestrough and capture the water for your outdoor and indoor plants. I also use my rain barrel for cleaning off dirty shoes, garden tools, or even my hands.

Watering Your Garden

They also help irrigate crops and trees, turf grasses, lawns, plants and flowers in gardens, containers and nurseries. Rain Barrels. If you want to go less high tech, having a rain barrel or even two can help you immensely.

Building Your Own Rain Barrel To Water Lawns, Help Gardens

Make your garden greener by adding a rain barrel. Here’s a step by step guide (with photos!) to help you recycle your rainwater.

 

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Rainwater Barrel, Catch And Store Rain Water

September 21st, 2009

I will have to say that there is much more information to be found on the benefits of a Rainwater Barrel than I ever imagined. There is information on the benefits of Rainwater Barrels, how to build them, how to care for them, where to buy a kit and on and on. All right, I’ve made my point; it just surprised me that’s all.

Hey, if you don’t believe me just take a look at all of the different styles of rainwater barrels you can find:


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Benefits of Rainwater Barrels

The benefits of a Rainwater Barrel are numerous to say the least. The first benefit that comes up, especially on a site that sells Rainwater Barrels is that you can cut down on your water bill. I had a hard time trying to figure out how that would happen. I stumbled across a green design site and low and behold, there it was. The rainwater that you collect can be used to water your yard.

Not only that, but rainwater is far better for your vegetable and flowering plants than the water we see in the cities and towns around the United States. The water that is available for our consumption in these areas is rich in chemicals, namely chlorine. You could also use the rainwater to wash your car and the pure rainwater is much better for your cars finish than chlorine.

I felt that this next item deserved a spot in the "benefits of a Rainwater Barrel" list also. By using rainwater collection you will be saving lots of community money and public utilities money. First , by cutting down on the amount of water that goes into the city sewer system during a storm, you are helping to save big money because there is less water to process and treat. Next, the decrease of water going into the runoff flow cuts down on urban erosion and man hours because there are always city workers clearing drains and gutters. Less water into the runoff system means less water to flow through the drains and gutters. This is not to mention the municipal taxes that we could all save year after year.

When you look at this information and first take it in, you may get the "sure, any thing will help" attitude as I did. I continued to do a little more research and found one fact (actually many that all contributed to one). Those tasks that I mentioned above, the garden, washing cars and windows, and lawns all attribute for approximately 40% of our water usage as a country.

I hope you found this information interesting and I hope you too will give a yes nod to the benefit of having a Rainwater Barrel.

Using A Rain Barrel

 

 

More On Rain Water Barrels

Reduce Footprints: 20 "Green" Tips For Fall

Now would also be a good time to install a rain barrel. Rather than allow water to drain into one spot, a rain barrel would allow you to direct the water to where it’s most needed.

Statesman Report On Austin Rain Barrel Benefits

Click here for original story hosted at statesman.com Rainwater helps woman shrink water bill to about $15 a month.

Save On Your Utility Bills With A Rain Barrel

As utility bills slowly increase, many families are looking for energy efficiency measures that can help them save money, reduce energy use.

Raya Garden Shopping

Nowadays you can find some really cool rain barrels, which many garden owners use to beautify their gardens. I hope to find something like this tomorrow.

How To Install A Rain Barrel

We got a second rain barrel Saturday morning at a special discounted sale for Hennepin County residents (got our first one two years ago at a similar event). Eventually I would like to have about 8 of them.

How Do You Collect Rainwater?

Collecting rainwater can be as easy as putting a rain-barrel under a roof gutter or as complex as installing underground cisterns with a water pumping.

Rain Barrels Help Residents Use Water Wisely

“People are much more conscious of saving water,” said Irwin, who noted that 1 inch of rainwater fills the 55-gallon rain barrel. “I think the green explosion is reaching out to the other sustainable issues.

Rain, Rain, Don’t Go Away

First, you need to determine what size of barrel will be sufficient. If you are planning to use the water for your plants and crops, a 65- to 85-gallon rain barrel is enough. However, for storage purposes, a 150-gallon barrel is best.

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Home Rain Barrell To Save Water And Money

September 18th, 2009

 

While going green is a big trend these days, people every where are wondering what they can do to make their home and lives more green. One thing you can do to actively make your life more green is using a rain barrell. Rain barrells have actually been used by people for years. I remember my grandparents used to have their own rain barrell, not as high tech as the ones used now, but they did have a rain collector.

Take a look at some of the styles available to you right now:


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A rain barrell is used to collect rain water off the roof of your house or shed that would normally just run off into storm drains and eventually ends up in streams. Rain barrells usually consist of a fifty-five gallon barrel, a hose, and a screen to keep out debris and insects. The rain barrell is placed under a rain gutter spout and water is collected just like that. Simple and efficient.

There are several advantages of having a rain barrell catcher. Most of them are good for summer months when gardening and lawn upkeep is important. Outside activities such as lawn and gardening generate up to forty percent of total water usage during the summer for the average household. Rain barrel’s collect water during storms and rainy days and it is ready to use when you need to water your garden, clean your dirty car, or water your flowers. Rain barrel collection provides a free nearly limitless supply of water containing no harsh chemicals perfect for gardens or washing windows.

Rain water can also be heated up and used inside the house for tasks such as doing dishes and cooking. You can use the rain barrel in the winter to collect snow to bring inside the house. You can melt the snow on the stove and use it also for doing dishes or even bathing. As the water doesn’t contain chlorine or other chemicals it is an all natural way to keep your house and yourself clean.

On average, a rain barrell can save most users a lot of water during the hottest summer months. Storing water helps you not only protect the environment but it also saves you money and energy, which otherwise would be spent getting water to you. During droughts using your rain barrell would be ideal for you and also the environment which you live. These are just some of the good reasons why you should make or purchase a rain barrel. You will not be disappointed with the results and the money you can save with using your rain barrell.

 

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Other Rainbarrell News

Compost Happens: Conserving Resources: It’s As Simple As A Barrel.

One of my favorite ways to conserve a finite resource is by using a rain barrel. In fact, I liked the rain barrel so much I bought a second one in August!

City Offers Rain Barrel Rebate : Newstreamz San Marcos

According to the drought rules in San Marcos, rain water is considered an alternative water source and is exempt from drought restrictions. For more information on the rain barrel rebate program, visit http://www.sanmarcostx.gov/water

Rain Barrels – One 4 All

There are several type of rain barrels that can be use. Usually it classified according to models, functions, and materials. There are several materials that commonly used for rain barrel and tanks.

Make the Most of Fall with a Rain Barrel

Using less water though is easy as long as you start Rainwater Harvesting with a Rain Barrel. There isn’t a better time to start collecting rainwater than the fall, so make sure you have enough rainwater barrels.

Santa Barbara: EVENT! Rain Barrel Sale

EVENT! Rain Barrel Sale. FACT: One inch of rain falling on a 1000 sq ft roof harvests up to 600 gallons of rainwater for use in your landscape. 

 

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Make Your Own Rain Barrel

May 26th, 2009

 

how to build a rain barrelMake your own rain barrel following the instructions discussed in this article. This is one of the most detailed plans to make your own rain barrel that you are likely to come across.

To conserve the municipal water used on our flowers, shrubs, and tomato plants, we installed an easy-to-manipulate 150-gallon plastic farm-type stock-watering tank underneath our back deck where it became a hidden rain barrel. We drew the spout-collected rain water from the tank with a small portable electric sump-pump having a garden hose attached to its outlet. During the manual watering of our plants, we controlled the flow with an adjustable nozzle at the outer end of the hose.

Items used

  1. one 150-gallon plastic stock-watering tank with a drain plug, 35"H x 39"W x 58"L (acquired from a discount farm-supply hardware store)
  2. one portable 110-VAC submersible sump-pump, flat-bottom floor-type with hose attachment, 1/4-to-1/3-hp, or equivalent
  3. four inexpensive wooden slats, 1" x 2" x 40"
  4. one roll of fine-mesh aluminum window screen, 64"x44" or larger
  5. eight 1"-long speed screws and a compatible screwdriver
  6. small box of 1/4" staples and small hammer, or equivalents
  7. one garden hose 5/8" by 50′, or as needed with adjustable nozzle
  8. one electrical extension cord (length needed to reach an outlet)
  9. one 110-VAC outdoor electrical outlet (switch-controlled if possible)
  10. one rain-gutter spout from the house rooftop

Assembly

  1. Attach the wooden slats across the top narrow width of the tank by screwing them down to the rim.
  2. Place the sump-pump with attached hose on the floor of the tank at the desired location. Let its electrical cord and attached garden hose hang out over the rim.
  3. Spread the screen over the slats atop the tank to cover it entirely. Staple the screen down to the slats. Let the screen portion above the pump and its cord and hose remain as a loose flap in case the pump must be serviced or removed.
  4. Tighten the drain plug.
  5. Place the tank close to the chosen gutter spout. If possible, hide it behind or under a deck or bush, or camouflage it as desired.
  6. Route the end of the gutter spout to the top of the tank above the screen so that the tank will collect the rain water.
  7. Extend the extension cord to the power supply.

Water collection

The experts say a one-inch rain will yield a total of 600-gallons of water from a 1000-square-foot home catchment area. Our home is slightly over 1000-square-feet. Thus, our tank filled to overflow from one spout during the first rain. The overflow drained away from the house via a sloped terrace.

We had no trouble drawing water from the tank all summer since we had adequate rainfall this year. A larger tank would have filled just as easily. The tank’s fine-screen covering kept it and its collected water free of excess debris, which consisted of wind-blown grass, leaves, and miscellaneous material coming from the screen-covered roof gutters.

Two advantages

Two major advantages came with harvesting rooftop water in this manner. First, the tank was not an eyesore because it was hidden. Our deck is surrounded with shrubs.

Second, the sump-pump provided adequate water pressure at all times, even when the water level in the tank got low. In fact, with our tank-and-pump arrangement, we could have run multiple sprinklers for the lawn, too. We might try that next summer although it might require a slightly different pump.

Author: J Delms

Further information. Rain Barrel Guide, How to Use Rain Barrels for Water Collection http://www.rainbarrelguide.com Author contact: j__l__d@sbcglobal.net

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