Sunday, January 25, 2009

Rain Barrels At Your Home

Do you know that harvesting rainwater and saving them for your future use is something that you can actually do? Yes, with the use of rain barrels, you can actually use the water for your garden. This will save you about 40 percent of your total water consumption if you are using residential irrigation. Of course it is not only for watering your plants. You can use it for washing your car and cleaning the house. At the same time, the water you save can be used for any emergency should there be a shortage or need of water.

Using rain water is one of the easiest ways of making your home more energy efficient, if you are looking for ways to do so. This is because rain water is one of our most abundant natural resources and the easiest ways to harvest with any of the rain barrels available in many stores around. All you have to do is to get yourself this simple device, place it strategically under your gutter and it will do the rest. It will then collect the rain water which you can use for later need. Consider how much you can actually save for the entire year.

This energy innovation is not something new. Man has actually been saving water in containers and use them around the house since the dawn of civilization. At present, homeowners can also use the same water saving technique in their own homes with only slight improvement from the old practice. What are actually needed are cisterns that will store rain water that falls in the roof of the house. Instead of the storm drain in the lawns of the house, these will then collect the rain water. Usually the cisterns are concrete and are large enough to store large amount of water. But today, there are available barrels or plastic drums that can be used instead of the concrete cisterns. You can use several barrels or plastic containers as cistern by connecting them together with a pipe using a spigot attached on the lower part of the barrel. The last barrel should then have an overflow drain which can direct the extra water on a drain.

After you have decided to have your own rain barrel, what you must remember is that you should always use a tight fitting lid for safety. This will make sure that children and even animals will be safe from accidentally drowning from your collected water. At the same time, algae will not form in your water. To keep out the debris, you should also have a screen cover. You should also check regularly for blockage in between your rain barrels and for any overflow.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Using Rain Barrels To Collect Rainwater

With water shortage an ever present threat in many parts of the world, the importance of water conservation cannot be underestimated. It seems that we cannot get the water we need when we need it, and we find our needs far exceed the supply. A great solution to this problem may lie in the use of rain barrels around the home.

Rain barrels have a number of clear benefits for people as well as for the environment.You will be pleased to see that your plants will positively thrive with rain water, making the case for rain barrels even stronger.

In certain places around the home where it is difficult, inconvenient or simply impractical to have a ready water source nearby, rain barrels can be of tremendous usefulness. A compost pit would greatly benefit from having rain barrels nearby for example, with the ready supply of water nearby making the task of moistening the compost a breeze. And since rainwater is typically soft and relatively free from minerals, it is ideally suited for watering plants, your garden or lawn, and even washing your cars and windows.

A more long term benefit that rain barrels provide is preventing too much water from seeping into the ground, and possibly pollute the local water table or over stress the sewer system. Around the home, too much overflow of rain into the ground can even cause your home's foundation to weaken over time, which makes having rain barrels almost an absolute necessity.

It is really quite easy to make your own rain barrels with a few commonly available items. Even something as simple as a barrel made out of food grade material would make a good starter rain barrel. You may also purchase a number of attachments for your rain barrels such as spigots or spouts to make it easier for you to draw off water when you need it, as well as to avoid runoff down the sides of the barrel.

If you intend to install more than a few rain barrels around your property, you may want to think about linking them together with a system of pipes. This will allow you to collect more water that you normally would, and is great way to increase the capacity of your rain barrels. With enough rain barrels installed, you may not need to depend on your local water supply as much at all.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Use a rain barrel for recycling rain water

A century back people would have laughed at an idea of selling packaged water, but today it is one of the most profitable products in the market. In India for instance, various states have moved to the Supreme Court over building dams and seeking more water. We should stop taking the availability of water for granted, people in deserts have to travel miles for a gallon of water, we still have the time to try and make a difference in saving water. Of course, you can not influence the government or make policy decisions but you can start right from your own home by installing a rain barrel. A rain barrel is the cheapest and easiest way to recycle rain water.

The popularity of rain barrel is growing everyday. Instead of allowing the water to flow down a drain, you can install a rain barrel and have rain water flow into it. According to recent reports, quite a few families in the US and in the Europe are installing rain barrel in their home to harvest water for use in gardening, car wash and other activities that the harvested rain water can be used for.

A venture capitalist firm is known to be researching on a new type of rain barrel, it will feature a Reverse Osmosis water filtering system added in between the pipes and the storage tank. If this system is installed in a large building, the water can not only be used for drinking but the rejected water from the RO system can also be used for washing the building or in the toilet flush tanks. Unlike the traditional rain barrel system that collects the rain water and stores it in a tank, this system will provide clean and safe drinking water that is comparable with packaged water. It is a fairly new but a good idea and should catch up fast in towns and countries where water is scarce during some parts of a year.

In some US cities the councils ask their residents to stop using water for gardening if there is no rain for two to three months. This is the time when the water saved in rain barrel can come handy. An inexpensive rain barrel can hold huge quantities of water, depending on the space you may have, you can save water in excess of a 1000 gallons if there is enough rain. Not just a good rainy season, you also need to properly mark areas where water flows from your roof to collect the most you can. These pipes should then lead straight into the rain barrel.

Rain barrel are subsidized but you can also make one of your own from thins lying around your house. For a basic rain barrel, all you need is a tank and some garden hoses to collect and direct the water into the rain barrel. When you are setting up your rain barrel, make sure you have it raised slightly above the ground level by using bricks, cinder or wood. Also, make sure you have the height of your downspouts raised slightly above the level of the drum. Have your downspouts hoisted above the level of the drum too. Another thing you need to ensure is to keep debris and leaves out of the drum, this can be achieved simply by adding a filter on top of the inlet. You can either have a lid on top of the rain barrel or install a tap on the bottom to use the collected rain water.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Why Go For Rain Barrels

If you have long been wondering about rain barrels and how to go about having a few of them around your home, we have some words of advice for you. The fact of the matter is that rain barrels are really quite simple things at the core, and you really do not need to have a degree in rocket science to have your own rain barrels at home. At their most basic, rain barrels are really just containers that are used to collect and store rainwater. Given that, it does not really have to be any kind of fancy contraption. This is why you will often see rain barrels that are made from nothing more than everyday items that you can find in any home such as steel containers, old barrels, oversized jars and similar receptacles. The inexpensiveness and easy availability of these containers also makes them favorable options.

What you will want to make sure of however is that your rain barrels are made of a suitably heavy and opaque material that does not let any sunlight in. Sunlight entering your rain barrels can cause the quick buildup of algae, resulting in clogged pipes and an unattractive appearance.

So why should you consider having rain barrels at home? Well for one thing, the rainwater that you will be able to collect with rain barrels can be quite useful to have around the house. All of this water can be put to good use thereby lessening your reliance on your mains water supply. The savings that you will realize from this reduced mains water consumption can really add up to quite a lot of money in the long run. Rain barrels will also help protect your home by lessening the amount of water that goes into the ground and can potentially weaken your foundations.

The water that you do collect in your rain barrels can be used in a wide array of tasks such as washing cars and lawn furniture, watering your plants, cleaning gardening tools, bathing pets, and so much more.

Even fairly large rain barrels can be filled up quite quickly by a good strong rain. If you want to collect even more rainwater, you can have more rain barrels around and even link them together.

Finally, you will want to make sure that you have adequate filtration for your rain barrels. This will help you maintain the cleanliness and purity of your rainwater, making it suitable for a wider variety of tasks.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Helping The Environment With Rain Barrels

In the midst of the worldwide concern for the environment, the issue of water conservation is one that has been brought to the forefront. If you are presently undergoing a water crisis...or even if you have more water than you know what to do with for that matter...rain barrels can offer a number of benefits with regard to your water consumption as well as the environment.

Rain barrels serve to help you collect rainwater and utilize it for your daily needs, which is an important concern with water being quite scarce in many areas nowadays. 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. Rainwater is generally free of pollutants and is naturally soft, and plants in particular benefit greatly from watering with rainwater.

By using rain barrels, you can also save a lot of money that you would normally spend on bills for water that you use from the water provider in your area. If you live in a place that regularly experiences water shortages, rain barrels will also greatly decrease your dependence on the local water supply. With rain barrels, you will be able to water the lawn whenever you want and generally be free from the restrictions that so many people in water scarce areas face.

Most people start out with rain barrels improvised from common items such as cans and barrels. Ready made rain barrels that are available from stores do a much better job at collecting rainwater however. 55 gallon sizes are what you will most likely see in the stores, although numerous other sizes are available as well. 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 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.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Do I need a rain barrel

Rain water that is typically lost to runoff, streams or sewers can be collected from your roof and stored in rain barrels. Typically rain barrels are made of a 55 gallon drum, a vinyl hose, PVC couplings and a screen grate. It simply has to be positioned underneath the gutter of your roof and it will collect the rain water while it is pouring.

Rain barrels are a good way to harvest and conserve rain water. Use of rain barrels can help in tackling the problem of water shortage and cut down the costs of water consumption. Throughout heavy rains, if used properly one can store as much as an entire barrel full of water. Rain water collected on your roof can be collected in a rain barrel and put to good use. It can be used for many purposes like watering the plants and the garden or washing your car. In a given year one can save up water enough to last one whole summer depending on the number of rain barrels that are put to use. During peak summer months, a rain barrel can collect about 1,300 gallons of rain water.

The benefits of using rain barrels not only include the cost cutting on water expenditure. The water collected is soft water and is excellent for garden use. Rain water is untreated containing no chlorine, lime or calcium and therefore really good for the garden and washing your car and windows. The use of rain barrels is apposite in places where a convenient spout is not located. Rain barrels can provide you with water when it is most required like in drought months. Not to mention that using rain barrels is a great way to conserve rain water which is one of the most abundant natural sources of water.

The rain barrels should be kept securely covered to prevent the hazard of children or pets falling into it. Also, the water in the rain barrels should not be used for cooking, drinking or bathing. In case any kind or spray or medicine is used on the roof, then the barrel should not be used in the first few rains. The rain barrels should be kept a little elevated to make the spigot easily accessible. For more hoarding ability, more than one barrel can be used. They can be connected with one another to be able to collect and store more rain water.

On a different note, even though rain barrels can be constructed at home some of the tools needed are quite specialized and expensive. Not only is the process lengthy and time consuming, but it also requires a lot of skill to get all the parts right. Contrastingly, it is easier to buy ready made rain barrels as they are readily available and spares one the time and energy required to make one.