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Oak Rain Barrel – Why You Need One

May 31st, 2009

 

Wood Rain BarrelAn oak rain barrel allows you to do many different things with the rain water you collect and store. This article reviews what they do, why you need one and how an oak rain barrel works.

Rain Barrels are quickly growing as the number one "green" product across the country – and in today’s economy, can you blame them? It is important for people as consumers to find new solutions for their rising water cost, stressed water systems, and dwindling resources.

Rain barrels – also known as rain catchment systems and water cisterns – have exploded on to the market. They offer a number of alternatives to water preservation and usage. They are quite simple to use – the barrels help reduce the amount of storm runoff from your home by capturing it and allowing you to use it for your own needs.

There are a number of different things that you will be able to do with your harvested rain water. It can be used for watering your landscape and garden, washing your car, and filling your swimming pool. If it is properly filtered it can even be used for bathing and drinking. It is crucial to remember to never drink the water from your rain barrel unless you have the proper filtration device for purification.

Wood Rain BarrelsRain barrels are available in a number of different sizes and styles. Whether you need water for smaller everyday tasks or for plumbing in your home – there is a rain barrel to suit your need. With so many different styles available you will be able to find one to fit in with your backyards dcor. There are many basic rain barrels, or more stylish ones that even look like terracotta pots. With so many different styles available, finding one that you like will be easy.

Once you have purchased your rain barrel, you will need to prepare your home to utilize your new catchment system. The installation of your rain barrel is really quite easy. The first thing that you will need to find is a level section of ground near your downspout. The design of your rain barrel will determine how the placement of your downspout will feed into your barrel. Although rain barrels are very similar – they will differ slightly on how they connect to your downspout.

Every rain barrel that you encounter will have an overflow spout that is used to lead all excess water away from your homes foundation to prevent any damage. Once you have your downspout positioned to lead into your barrel correctly, you will be able to connect a hose or spigot and begin using your newly captured water!

Now if you would like to catch more rain water – instead of just letting the excess water fall to the wayside once your barrel is full – you can connect multiple barrels to your already stationary rain barrel. All you will need to do is connect a hose or pipe to your overflow spout from one rain barrel to another. You can connect as many barrels as you would like to catch the most rain water.

Why wouldn’t you want a rain barrel? Your water bill will be reduced significantly and you will have a gorgeous lawn and a lush garden. There are so many different styles and uses for rain barrels that you are bound to find one that is the perfect fit for you! For more information, please visit Woodland Direct.

Author: Stephanie Hobbs

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Rain Barrel Overview

Description: The barrels are converted from barrels that were once filled with bourbon at Kentucky distilleries to fully functional rain barrels. The barrels are made out of white oak and are inspected by a Kentucky cooperage.

3 Cheap DIY Rain Barrels That Actually Look Nice!

Reuse an Old Barrel: Lots of home and garden stores, nurseries, wineries, and the like will sell you used oak barrels that make beauitful and GREAT rain barrels.

DIY Project

I decided to craft a rain barrel out of a used Temlpeton Rye whiskey barrel from the distillery. I found some plans online and used some of them and a little tinkering of my own to arrive at the design I’ve used.

Rain Barrels!

TerraCycle sells converted oak barrels that are apparently made in Stockton (or so says the Chron) Step-by-Step: Converting Wine Barrels to Rain Barrels (Life is Good in Penticton) Harvesting the Water with Rain Barrels (This Old House).

Gorgeous Rain Barrel

The Litzkows, who own the Wissahikon Inn B & B in St Croix Falls, told me about Gary and Kate Amunrud who have French oak wine barrels (made in France) and used in making wine in Napa Valley.

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English Rain Barrel For Rainwater Harvesting

May 30th, 2009

 

cheap rain barrelsAn english rain barrel is perfect to use for harvesting rain water. This article discusses the benefits of using rain barrels, like an english rain barrel, to collect and store rainwater.

Did you know that…every square foot of roof produces about 1/2 gallon of reusable water, so…depending on your roof size, 1/2 inch of rain could fill a 50 gallon barrel. Rain flows from the roof through the gutters right into your rain barrel. Rain barrel water recovery systems can supply enough recycled rain water to water your home garden for an entire season.

Collecting and recycling rainwater has been done for thousands of years. The modern rain barrel is attractive; they are available in a variety of sizes and colors and can blend with your current landscape.

Homeowners all across the country are getting serious about saving energy and learning to save money where they can. Recycle rainwater and reuse the water later for landscaping or watering the garden for a fast and easy way to start saving money on your water bill. With a rain barrel system you could easily have enough water to last the growing season.

With a lot of the countrysuffering from drought conditions, saving rainwater makes good sense. Rainwater is a renewable natural resource and rain barrels make it easy to collect and save water that can be used for gardening and other things. Rain barrels are equipped with an easy linking system that allows you to connect barrels and catch overflow water.

Reuse your rainwater to safely:

  • Water the garden
  • Water house plants
  • Wash the car
  • Fill birdbaths
  • Water and bathe animals
  • Fill water fountains

 rain barrels for saleRain barrels have a spigot at the bottom of the tank for easy access to the water and need to be raised off the ground and set on a sturdy surface.Use a fine mesh screen that closes securely to keep your barrel covered, for safety reasons. Clean your barrel periodically and store it upside down. Protect your rain barrel from freezing for maximum use.

You will need accessories like diverters, clamps and hose to build your system, but it is a simple process. Although hoses, clamps and spigots are included with your barrel you may need to upgrade them. Rain barrel water recovery systems are a great way to easily save money and recycle.

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Author: Belinda Nelson

Shop for unique Lawn and Garden Decor, Water Fountains, Rainchains and Water barrels at: http://www.hiddentreasuresdirect.com

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Installing A Rain Barrel

But you don’t have to wait for it to rain to keep your plants happy. About a year ago, ABC 7′s Scott Dennis put together a segment on rain barrels – how they work and their many benefits.

Rain Barrel Benefits

We have added a rain barrel, our new irrigation system. Rain barrels not only store water, they help decrease demand during the summer months.

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Just place the rain barrel underneath your downspout (roof drain) and ensure it’s sitting on a level surface. Once it collects enough rainwater, you can attach your favorite hose to the receptor and start watering your garden.

Use A Rain Barrel To Conserve Water

Rain water barrels can help more homeowners to economize gallons of water during the dry season of summer. Preserving water can assist us in saving energy and money as well.

Rain Barrels Save Money

Rain barrels provide a way to supply water to your garden or wash a vehicle, and never turn on the spigot in the home. You will save money on your water bill.

How A Rain Barrel Can Save You Money And Benefit The Environment

Rain barrel is a very easy way to extend the benefits of a rainfall. A lot of water that is consumed goes for watering gardens and lawns. This potable water can be saved if one could use an alternate source for watering the gardens.

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Rain Barrel Collection – Catch The Rain

May 11th, 2009

 

Barrels For RainRain barrel collection systems are a terrific and effective way to store water. This article discusses why rain barrel collection is something you should consider doing for your home watering needs.

Now that the "first flush" rain of the season has arrived, it’s time to consider banking some of the next wet currency in storage containers for outdoor use next spring. Water or lack of it due to restrictions in many Bay Area communities is forcing people to take a closer look at how they use water and consider new strategies to help stretch their water options.

During a typical rainy season, most communities see an average rainfall of 30 inches. For a 2,000 square foot home, that means approximately 37,000 gallons of water will run off the roof and down the storm drain.To counter this lost opportunity, a San Anselmo company, California Rainwater Conservation Systems, LLC is selling super-sized rain barrels. "The beauty of these 200 and 300 gallon barrels is that they are completely self-sufficient systems," says company president Andrew Vance. "During a storm, the system can also redirect water to other spots on a homeowner’s property by connecting the overflow valve to a regular garden hose. This process of sinking water at its origin helps replenish the aquifer through filtration which, ecologically, is a far better option than sending run-off through flood-prone drainage systems."

Rain storage systems draw a comparison to an insurance policy for landscaping. During uncertain times such as the present state drought, residents can bank water to use later on. In extreme conditions such as the 80′s drought, many remember choosing which plants were expendable and which ones received their recycled bath or dish water.

More frequently, extreme conservation measures are on the drawing board for many California cities. Just this past week, an emergency water conservation plan was presented in San Diego that would create a property-by-property water budget for residential customers. The East Bay water district has also called on residents to make significant (19%) reductions in water use or incur considerably higher water bills. In Palo Alto, Santa Cruz and Santa Monica, a rebate program for rain barrels encourages customers to conserve by creating value around their water use and ultimately, behavioral modifications.

Whatever the forecast for this winter’s rainfall, water conservation is here to stay and rain harvesting is a measurable tool in this effort. What’s missing? Two words, awareness and initiative. The idea is there, the technology is there, but the initiative is missing in both individual homeowners and public entities. More education on the matter is needed. Rebates for homeowners who want to put in rainwater storage systems are needed. Above all, awareness is needed. Awareness that there is a problem and awareness that there is a solution.

Author: Patti Vance

Next community rain barrel distribution day: Sunday, November 23rd, 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. 1601 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Fairfax Ca. For more information go to: http://www.Calrainwater.com (permission to use photos from website)

Patti Vance is the founder of California Rainwater Conservation Systems, LLC and is an accredited member of the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association. She also serves as a board member for the Environmental Education Council of Marin. Website: http://www.calrainwater.com

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Rain Barrells – Saving You Money

May 10th, 2009

 

Rain barrells are a great way to save money on your water bill and allow you to collect and store rain water for later use in your garden and landscaping. This article reviews rain barrells and how they save you money.

The entire "green" industry is progressively focusing more and more on environmentally friendly production and products. With increased incentives backed by government agencies as well as the general consensus that environmental stability needs to start now, more and more companies are developing new innovative products to adhere to this. In some ways it’s a shame that the only way to cause change is through monetary incentive programs or the need to be trendy, the counter-argument is the need to put food on the table or fuel in the yacht or the increased cost of doing business.

Whatever the case may be, positive change is good relating to the environment. Now this isn’t stating change can only happen through big business, even the end consumer, can have a major impact. So you might be asking, where’s my incentive program? The answer is, certain products can actually save you money, and this isn’t just pocket change. Hundreds of dollars per year really adds up: take a minimal amount, $350 per year. You save that in a high interest savings account, 20 years down the road you have close to $10,000! Want to start saving money today? An excellent and reliable option is rain barrels.

So what is a rain barrel? Rain barrels are basically rain collectors that are placed at the base of your down spouts around your home. If you have ever noticed how much rain water pours out of these spouts during a sever rain storm, you can see the potential this product boasts. And the advantages are simple, during a storm these barrels fill up, when it comes time to water your grass again, you can attach your hose directly to the barrel. These rain barrels have the ability to hold a lot of water, most can hold 60-100 gallons!

With this product you save in numerous ways: watering grass is expensive, you will notice a drastic decrease in your monthly water bill with the usage of this product, grass replacement can be expensive and labor intensive, this products ensures your grass stays healthy and green, and lastly having extensive water around the foundation of a home can be risky. Many of the down spouts found around homes, directs water into a pool which then seeps into the ground and can potentially cause major problems with leaky basements and water damaged foundations.

Many products are on the market claiming to save you money, and some of them will. The advantage a rain barrel has, is the fact that not only does it save you money, it truly can be a visual-appealing addition to your yard. These rain barrels are very enviro-wise, they also have a very modern look which results in a very stylish piece of garden dcor for your backyard or home landscape. Various colors and textures are available, making them adapt easily to your dcor style. Take the positive step towards environmental stability and make a rain barrel a part of your home! The rain barrels will save you money, in a stylish fashion.

Author: Shawn Mcculloch

Shawn McCulloch has been a contributing writer to gardensupermart.com for 3 years. He is a water gardening enthusiast who enjoys wildlife, sports, and travel.

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Your Questions About Rain Barrels Answered

Conserving water is uncomplicated and infinitely sustainable with a rain barrel. It takes nothing but a barrel, a hose, and a spigot.

Use Rain Barrells to Save Your Rainwater

This is a good argument for installing a rain barrel or two at the outflows of your home’s rain gutter system, and using the water you capture for plant watering. It saves scarce water resources, too.

Gardening Seattle Style

We installed our rain barrel a couple years ago but never added an overflow. I had grand dreams, at the time, that we’d eventually add a couple more barrels and collect all the water we needed for summer watering. Someday we’ll do this.

Making Our Own Rain Barrel Soon

We picked up these 55 gallon food grade barrels. We will turn these into Rain Barrels. Simple and an easy way to get the most out of our infrequent rains.

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Buy Rain Barrel

May 1st, 2009

 

Rain Barrel SalesBuy a rain barrel. Not only will it help the environment, but it will also help your wallet. This artilcle discusses some of the reasons why you should want to buy a rain barrel.

There is an immediate need for water conservation because the world’s available supply of fresh water is shrinking; one way to help conserve water is with the installation of a rain barrel.

Right now there are 600 million people in the world who are living with water-scarcity problems. According to Population Action International, by the year 2025 there will be between 2.7 billion and 3.2 billion people who are living in water-scarce or water-stressed conditions. The two main contributors to the water problem are global warming, which turns fertile land into arid deserts, and man-made creations, which alter ground- water run-off patterns.

Each North American consumes an average of 350 liters of water inside the home each day. There are parts of the world that do not have any fresh water yet much of our valuable drinking water is wasted in our yard. We have to remember, however, that treated water does not provide any added benefit for plants. City watering restrictions are usually put into place for these warmer months. Even with restrictions that cities put on water during this time, water usage often increases up to 50% in the warm weather, due to lawn and garden watering.

One of the easiest things you can do to save water while still watering your plants, is to install a rain barrel. A rain barrel hooks up to the downspout of your home to collect and store rain water until it is needed for your lawn and garden. Rain barrels help the environment, help to water your plants, and help to accentuate your backyard decor. For example, Algreen’s rain barrels are very elegantly designed, with smooth clay-like contours, and an elegant planter on its top. Algreen’s rain barrels are made in Canada and are designed to withstand a Canadian winter. They include a lifetime warranty on the enclosure, and the Cascata rain barrel now comes in a Deluxe Model which includes a pump-driven watering system.

Author: Gerry Fung

For more information about Algreen’s line of rain barrels and composters, go to GardenSuperMart.com

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5 Great Rain Barrel Designs

Rain barrels are actually great DIY projects where you can make your own for less than $15. You can also buy some pretty snazzy models.

Buy Rain Barrels and More

So, I have been thinking that it would be good for all of us to work on making our house a bit more green. I would like to buy rain barrels and more. I was thinking that I would start with a rain barrel and maybe a compost bin.

Mother’s Day Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas – Gifts To Help Mom Go Green

What would your mom (or wife) want with a barrel of rain water? There’sa lot of uses for collected rain water that are good for the environment and her water bill.

Watering Plants – Buy a Rain Barrel

One way to ensure that your plants are getting the moisture they need without breaking the bank is to install a rain barrel. Rain barrels harvest free water that’s relatively pure and great for watering garden plants.

Thrifty Green Gardening

Buy a rain barrel – just an inch of rain from part of our roof runoff filled our 55-gallon barrel last week. We’ll use that to water the garden and our freshly planted trees until it runs out (or rains again).

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