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.



1 comment:

MikeNess said...

I have to agree 100% with this post...
my garden is green year round due to rain barrels,,,neighbor's are jealous...

i have a pair of 300 gallon rain barrels spaced out for conservation..

got mine from plastic-mart.com

they're nice barrels, strainer basket, valve,,,came with the whole set up.....

start conserving...