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  • Make Your Own Rain Barrel
    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 Tighten the drain plug 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 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 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

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  • Plastic
    water and energy When you use rainwater you will not be using your municipal drinking water and will not be using the energy it takes to pump it to your house It s free so you won t be billed for it Rainwater is fresh and naturally low in salt and chlorine so it s good for your plants Most of the time it is not cold and won t shock your plants like water from an underground source can do Your grandparents probably used rain barrels to irrigate their gardens Why not try something old to solve a new problem and conserve water by using a rain barrel Even if you live in an area with very little annual rainfall you will be amazed when your rain barrel fills up after just one or two rain showers Author Amy Passmore Article by Amy Passmore for The Gardening Guide Visit The Gardening Guide for more information on conserving water in your garden This article may be freely distributed as long as the author s name and live website link appear Article Source http EzineArticles com expert Amy Passmore 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 You are also helping the environment when you use rain barrels My Garden Can Keep Me Cool During The Summer Our first Green Cottage homeowner will have her very own rain garden in her yard Not only will the trees she will plant help keep her house cool but by using a rain barrel to divert storm water into the garden Rain Barrel Reviews I have a large vegetable garden that requires alot of water during growing season I have always used a timer to try and cut back on the use of water but using this Rain Barrel has helped me decrease that use even more Tattoos and Rain Barrels The next two pictures are my rain barrel and the overflow containers I use to save water I can water my garden and container plants for about ten days I also fill my water garden with rainwater Why You Need To Buy A Quality Rain Barrel Rain barrels can help hold gallons of rainwater which can be used later You can therefore save a lot of money in water bills and can offer fresh water supply to the plants in your garden Rain Barrel Start Collecting Free Water Rain Barrel Start collecting free water Rarely does Mother Nature provide your lawn or garden with just enough rain to keep if fat and happy throughout the Summer Mail this post Technorati Tags barrel barrels gardens harvesting plastic rain rain barrel garden rainwater recycling Rain Barrels barrel barrels gardens harvesting plastic rain rain barrel garden rainwater recycling Making Rain Barrels May 23rd 2009 1 comment Making rain barrels is a great way to join the recycling craze Not only does making rain barrels recycle rain water it also recycles used plastic barrels This article takes a look at how you can use rainbarrels to reuse rainwater Most of us take water for granted until it doesn t rain for a month or two and the city asks you to stop watering your lawn and garden One of the best ways to help guard against this is by recycling rainwater There are many ways to collect and recycle rainwater but one of the best and most cost effective is to setup a simple rain barrel It is estimated that an inexpensive rain barrel can save you as much as 1000 gallons of water over the course of a normal summer by simply recycling rainwater Of course the exact amount will vary depending on the amount of rainfall in your area but the savings from recycling rainwater in most cases will be substantial The idea is to position the rain barrel under a roof drain downspout so that it collects rain running off the roof of your house and recycling the rainwater on your plants and lawn as needed You can buy a ready made rain barrel but it is also very easy and inexpensive to build your own Almost all the materials are available at your local hardware store The main item you will need is a large plastic drum Getting one is not as difficult as it may seem Most soft drink manufacturers around the world are willing to sell you an inexpensive 55 gallon plastic drum Usually the plastic drum you get will have its top sealed so you will have to drill a hole in the middle top of the drum Many people will put a screen or other type of filter over this hole so that leaves and other debris do not get into the rain barrel If your roof gutter system already has grills or screens to keep leaves out then you won t need to worry about a filter for the barrel Usually it is a good idea to raise the barrel up off the ground by putting it on cinder blocks This will help protect the ground underneath and make it easier to recycle the rainwater you collect in the rain barrel You will undoubtedly have to raise the height of your downspout as well so that it is slightly above the level of the top of the drum Now that we have the drum setup for collecting rainwater we need to arrange a way to get it out The simplest way is to drill a small hole in the lower side of the drum a couple inches up from the bottom and glue in a PVC male adaptor then attach a 3 to 4 foot length of plastic hose to this adaptor Of course it is important to keep the end of the hose above the top of the barrel so that the barrel doesn t drain You can notch

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  • Rain Barrel
    environment install rain rain barrel rain barrels sales store water Wooden Rain Barrels And A Focus On Green Homes March 21st 2009 No comments Wooden rain barrels can play an integral part in any green home landscaping efforts This article reviews other important ways to make your landscape more green Landscaping a home in green manner is an important part of planning and building your green home Landscaping consumes a lot of water and maintaining your yard can produce a large amount of carbon monoxide Green landscaping means selecting plants that reduce the amount of water used to keep them alive For the lawn plant grass that grows very slowly and requires very little water to survive By planting this type of grass your lawn would not need to be mowed every week but maybe only a few times a summer reducing the amount of exhaust from your mowing activities Also since water bills are usually calculated by consumption the less water the yard requires the lower the water bill For the plants and bushes around the home select hardy plants Hardy plants are less susceptible to diseases and damaging pests allowing you to forego or eliminate pesticides and fertilizers The less of these chemicals that are used the better it is for the environment reducing the amount of chemicals that run off of plants during a rainstorm and soak into the ground This type of run off of pesticides and fertilizers has the potential to contaminate ground water and drinking water Another major consideration with green landscaping is the heat island effect The heat island effect is heat from the home from man made surfaces around the home and from the lack of appropriate landscaping The combined heat from these sources can increase the temperature in a community noticeably Heat islands can cause increased use of air conditioning increased air pollution and greenhouse gas production and lower water quality For your green home this effect can make your heating and cooling systems less effective The right types of landscaping can help prevent the heat island effect For example planting our hardy trees shrubs and plants at least 24 inches away from the house can break up the heat transfer mechanism In addition planting deciduous trees on the west side of your green home or along driveways and walkways can be very effective for cooling the house and yard Plan ahead though Trees and bushes growth over time can interfere with the effectiveness of any solar panels that are installed When planning your landscaping plan to install a rain barrel as well Why not store some of the run off rainwater for eco friendly free water for watering the lawn plants scrubs and trees In addition to a rain barrel the ground can be shaped to direct water coming from the roof and the ground during a rainstorm to collect around the plants shrubs and trees in the yard This allows the earth to do your work for you As the water from the storm drains into the ground the last part of the ground to dry out is the part of the lawn that received the most water reducing the amount of tap water needed By taking the extra time to address these issues during the design of your green home you can achieve a beautiful very low maintenance and environmental friendly landscaped yard Author Kimberley Ward Kim Ward is Marketing Director for Green Earth Energy Homes at http greenearthenergyhomes com Green Earth Energy Homes offer affordable practical LEED and Energy Star certified homes Save thousands on energy costs and qualify for thousands in government tax incentives and benefits Contact Kim for more information about our green homes or to view our model Article Source http EzineArticles com expert Kimberley Ward Wooden rain barrels are an easy addition to a green home and the benefits will more than pay for themselves very quickly Why not add a wooden rain barrel to your landscape Mail this post Technorati Tags green home landscaping rain barrel rainwater whiskey rain barrel whisky rain barrels white oak wooden rain barrels Rain Water Barrel Types green home landscaping rain barrel rainwater whiskey rain barrel whisky rain barrels white oak wooden rain barrels Rainbarrels For Conserving Water February 23rd 2009 No comments 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

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  • How To Make A Rain Barrel
    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 Article Directory http www articledashboard com Composters com is an internet retailer of environmentally friendly compost bins compost tumblers rain barrels lawn sweeper and other composting and gardening accessories 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 Mail this post Technorati Tags barrell diverter how to make a rain barrel making water wine barrel rain barrel Make Rain Barrels barrell diverter how to make a rain barrel making water wine barrel rain barrel Comments 0 Trackbacks 3 Leave a comment Trackback No comments yet March 4th 2009 at 05 02 1 Make Rain Barrel May 24th 2009 at 10 55 2 Making Rain Barrels May 25th 2009 at 08 12

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  • Homemade
    steps Check out the easy instructions provided by Southwest Florida Water Management District or the City of Bremerton Washington you can even download their handy brochure In case you re like me and like to shop around for how to info I thought I d include a few more sites with step by step pointers HGTV DIY Network Naturalrainwater com I love the illustrations here are three that will have you in the know And you can t beat Garden Gate magazine s comprehensive guide If you really don t want to make your own barrel you can also buy one of course What s that you say You don t want your water catchment system out in the open Well then check out the terrific idea Michelle Kaufmann posted on Instructables make your barrel part of your garden This weekend I m going to buy a Watersaver downspout rainwater diverter and make a homemade barrel to use with it Who s with me Author Julie Collins Lexicon Consulting Inc The Home Know It All Your One Stop Shop for Home Design Improvement and Repair Article Source http EzineArticles com expert Julie Collins Another Easy Rain Barrel Everyone knows there are a lot of different rain barrel designs on this site If you build it water will flow How to Make Your Own Rain Water Barrel for Rainwater Harvesting As you can see learning how to build a rain water barrel is fairly simple If you don t feel comfortable with these few steps you can always purchase a rain barrel kit Rain Barrel This is a good link I found on how to make a rain barrel from a plastic barrel Pretty good info too Thought you may like it The Rain Barrel Several weeks ago I decided to become water wise and install a rain barrel Wichita Rain Barrel With A Unique Set Up Here are some shots of a Wichita Rain Barrel set up we did not to long ago You will see in the first shot the WRB Wichita Rain Barrel is already set in place on four cinder blocks How to Make a Rain Barrel A rain barrel is something that I have wanted to make and install It s something easy that I can do to conserve water and also use the water for flowers Getting Started With a Rain Barrel Be sure to ONLY get a barrel that carried food products Make your own with the instructions you get free on line or take a rain barrel class Installing A Rain Barrel Is A Very Wise Thing To Do It should also have an overflow system that comes into play when the barrel is full When you already decide and buy one make sure you place the rain barrel on a level surface and secure it to prevent tipping How To Make A Rain Barrel Ever since we spotted a rain barrel in action on our visit to Matt Kristin s house last

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  • Making A Rain Barrel
    the steps Check out the easy instructions provided by Southwest Florida Water Management District or the City of Bremerton Washington you can even download their handy brochure In case you re like me and like to shop around for how to info I thought I d include a few more sites with step by step pointers HGTV DIY Network Naturalrainwater com I love the illustrations here are three that will have you in the know And you can t beat Garden Gate magazine s comprehensive guide If you really don t want to make your own barrel you can also buy one of course What s that you say You don t want your water catchment system out in the open Well then check out the terrific idea Michelle Kaufmann posted on Instructables make your barrel part of your garden This weekend I m going to buy a Watersaver downspout rainwater diverter and make a homemade barrel to use with it Who s with me Author Julie Collins Lexicon Consulting Inc The Home Know It All Your One Stop Shop for Home Design Improvement and Repair Article Source http EzineArticles com expert Julie Collins Another Easy Rain Barrel Everyone knows there are a lot of different rain barrel designs on this site If you build it water will flow How to Make Your Own Rain Water Barrel for Rainwater Harvesting As you can see learning how to build a rain water barrel is fairly simple If you don t feel comfortable with these few steps you can always purchase a rain barrel kit Rain Barrel This is a good link I found on how to make a rain barrel from a plastic barrel Pretty good info too Thought you may like it The Rain Barrel Several weeks ago I decided to become water wise and install a rain barrel Wichita Rain Barrel With A Unique Set Up Here are some shots of a Wichita Rain Barrel set up we did not to long ago You will see in the first shot the WRB Wichita Rain Barrel is already set in place on four cinder blocks How to Make a Rain Barrel A rain barrel is something that I have wanted to make and install It s something easy that I can do to conserve water and also use the water for flowers Getting Started With a Rain Barrel Be sure to ONLY get a barrel that carried food products Make your own with the instructions you get free on line or take a rain barrel class Installing A Rain Barrel Is A Very Wise Thing To Do It should also have an overflow system that comes into play when the barrel is full When you already decide and buy one make sure you place the rain barrel on a level surface and secure it to prevent tipping How To Make A Rain Barrel Ever since we spotted a rain barrel in action on our visit to Matt Kristin s house

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    may customize your email message but do NOT change any of the TAGS you see here Also do not change the link to this post or the post snippet You may change any of the surrounding text but make sure the tags enclosed by and the link to the post remain intact Hey It s your friend I came across this blog post today that I think you d like

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