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  • 2009 September
    they are made in many shapes and colors as to accent your home and be a decorative addition to your flower bed You can make your own diverter and can find many how to suggestions online if you are wanting to save a few dollars on your system Rain Barrel Gutter Downspout Diverter Rain Overflow Diverters Gardening The Enviorenment Friendly Way Rain Barrel Diverter Attach a rain water diverter to your downspout Rain barrel diverter kits are inexpensive and alleviate the problem of water pooling at the base of your container Collecting Water Uses of Rain Barrel Diverter Rain barrel diverters provide the option of saving water The water which falls from roof tops can be collected in rain barrels Rain water collection is the best means to save water Rain Barrel Diverters Collecting Rain Water Rain barrel diverters are one of the easiest ways you can save money around your household Many cities are facing drought conditions or water restrictions Because of this water rates have been rising Rainwater Diverter Kit The Saving Rain Diverter Box is a water conservation and runoff management system with several options Divert the maximum amount of rainwater from your roof into one or more rain barrels Mail this post Technorati Tags automatic barrel barrels collapsible diverter downspout gutter overflow rain water Rain Barrels automatic barrel barrels collapsible diverter downspout gutter overflow rain water Rainwater Barrel Catch And Store Rain Water September 21st 2009 No comments 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 Pages 1 2 3 4 more 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

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  • 2009 May
    need is a large food quality barrel or even a big plastic garbage can with a lid You ll need to make a hole in the lid for the gutter connector and a hole near the bottom of the can where you ll want to screw in a spigot But essentially that s it Lucky for you there are lots of resources online to help you with 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 last fall Sherry and I have been itching to harness the power of our own otherwise wasted rainwater So we participated in a recent rain barrel making workshop Make a Rain Barrel Man oh man do I have a weekend project for you As I ve mentioned before harvesting rainwater at home is a great way to save money save water and keep your yard or garden looking great Mail this post Technorati Tags barrel barrels build harvest homemade make making a rain barrel rain water Make Rain Barrels barrel barrels build harvest homemade make making a rain barrel rain water Rain Barrel Garden May 24th 2009 No comments If you are a gardener you probably already do a bit composting to recycle yard and kitchen waste This homemade Black Gold does wonders for your plants and soil But have you discovered the gardening benefits of harvesting and recycling rainwater to use in the garden Many communities nationwide are experiencing either short term or long term water shortages Some communities have begun rationing programs and impose fines if a homeowner uses too much water Why not try some simple rainwater harvesting techniques and use the water to irrigate your garden You ll be able to water your plants when they need it and you may see a bit of savings on your water bill at the same time Harvesting rainwater is as simple as placing a rain barrel under a roof gutter downspout Practically any large clean container can be used as a rain barrel For instance you can use a plastic or metal trash can However there are major benefits to using commercially designed rain barrels Features of commercially available rain barrels include childproof and pet proof lids mosquito screens overflow hardware spigots for attaching hoses and the ability to link multiple barrels together These features make using your rainwater much easier and safer Many city water departments will give homeowners a rebate on their water bill if they buy a rain barrel You can find durable heavy duty rainbarrels at most home improvement stores and garden centers You can also order them from online suppliers These rain barrels can be quite attractive also Some are made to look like traditional round wooden barrels while some are square or half round to provide versatility and style when placing one beside your house Some rain barrels currently on the market are made from recycled shipping containers for Mediterranean foods such as olives What are some of the advantages of collecting rainwater for use in your garden For starters you will be doing your part to conserve both 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 the top rim of the drum as a holder for the hose or alternately you can attach a plastic valve to the end of the hose Finally at the end of the hose you will want to attach a plastic adaptor that allows the attachment of a standard garden hose This setup will use gravity to drain the drum To use the rainwater collected simply put the end of the garden hose on the ground you intend to water open the valve if you used one and the drum will self drain out the end of the garden hose To stop the flow either close the valve or raise the end of the garden hose above the top level of the drum Author Michael Russell Michael Russell Your Independent guide to Recycling Article Source http EzineArticles com expert Michael Russell Be sure to check out this video about making rain barrels Mail this post Technorati Tags barrel barrels build inexpensive make making rain barrels plastic rain rainbarrels rainwater recycle recycling water Rain Barrels barrel barrels build inexpensive make making rain barrels plastic rain rainbarrels rainwater recycle recycling water Plastic Rain Barrels For Your Garden May 23rd 2009 No comments Plastic rain barrels can be used to collect rain water to use in your flower beds and garden This article looks at why more and more homeowners are looking to plastic rain barrels for their outdoor watering needs Avid gardeners spend a good part of the winter planning what they will plant in the spring Even casual gardeners invest plenty of time and money in their plants Regular watering is one key to a successful garden So what s a gardener to do when faced with lack of rainfall combined with water restrictions in the middle of a hot summer More and more gardeners are turning to rain barrels to keep their gardens happy and healthy Saving rainwater to use during dry periods is an ancient practice that is once again becoming popular This low tech but ingenious solution is simple and inexpensive and provides chemical free water that plants thrive on The plastic rain barrels come in a range of sizes with 50 to 60 gallons being most common Simply place the barrel under a downspout in an unobtrusive part of your yard and wait for rain Instead of letting rainwater flow down your driveway and into a storm drain it will collect in the barrel for later use You can harvest a surprisingly large amount of rainwater from your gutters Just a small amount of rain less than half an inch can easily fill a 50 gallon rain barrel so you can quickly start to collect enough to keep your flower beds garden or houseplants well watered It won t be enough o water your lawn but it will be plenty for vegetable gardens flowers and shrubbery says Lars Hundley owner of Dallas based CleanAirGardening com an online company that specializes in environmentally friendly lawn and garden supplies To collect more water you can connect several barrels with a pip or hose or you can put barrels under more than one gutter downspout Once your rain barrel is full you can hook a hose up to the rain barrel to water your garden rain barrels are perfect to use with soaker hoses or you can simply dip a watering can into the barrel Rainwater is naturally soft and free of minerals chlorine fluoride and other chemicals Trees and plants rely on fungus bacteria and nematodes to help them absorb the minerals and nutrients they need explains Hundley Plants have an efficient immune system that allows them to fend off diseases and other invaders as long as they have a healthy soil environment and aren t stressed by other factors he adds Chemical fertilizers fungicides pesticides and drought disrupt the balance and harmony of the soil weakening trees and plants and allowing disease to take over The chemicals and hard water from many municipal water systems also add to the imbalance of the soil Watering with softer natural rainwater is a nice treat for your plants says Hundley In addition to being good for your plants rain barrels can also save you money Some experts estimate that lawn and garden watering make up almost 40 percent of total household water use during the summer by utilizing collected rainwater you can substantially reduce this amount As an added benefit collecting rainwater also helps control moisture levels around the foundation of your house Here are some tips to consider when shopping for a rain barrel Make sure your barrel is child proof A safety grid at the top prevents children and animals from entering All systems should use covered barrels that keep the water from accumulating leaves and other debris They should also have some kind of filter to keep out silt and leaves these can range from a funnel with mesh in the bottom that is covered by gravel to a rainwater washing apparatus that you can purchase Keep mosquitoes from breeding in your barrel by keeping it tightly covered and using debris screens to filter water before it enters the barrel Cleaning your gutters and downspouts frequently and using collected rainwater within a few days will also help control mosquito problems You can place a nontoxic mosquito dunk in the barrel for additional protection Some cities have started programs to give residents easy access to affordable rain barrel systems You may be able to find a limited selection of rain barrels at your local garden supply store Author Dharmender Singh Did you find this article useful For more useful tips and hints points to ponder and keep in mind techniques and insights pertaining to gardening and gardening implements do please browse for more information at our websites http www infozabout com http www gardening infozabout com Article Source http EzineArticles com expert Dharmender Singh Make Use Of All That Rain Simple rain barrels made of recycled

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  • 2009 March
    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 A Plastic Rain Barrel Provides Many Benefits For The Home March 21st 2009 1 comment A plastic rain barrel offers many benefits such as saving water reducing your water bill and helping the environment This article reviews some reasons why a plastic rain barrel is a good addition to your home and why you should consider one Have you ever looked outside during a particularly strong rain shower and thought about all that water that was going to waste Even a halfway decent summer shower can produce thousands of gallons of water in an amazingly short period of time Oftentimes all that water is simply wasted which is a shame really when you could be collecting at least a small portion of it with rain barrels Rain barrels are particularly handy devices to have around the house especially if you are concerned about reducing your consumption of water from your mains source as you should be Not only can they reduce your water bill considerably they also have a far reaching effect on your immediate locality and on the environment in general If every one of us installed rain barrels around our property we can greatly reduce the amount of water that seeps into the ground stripping the top soil of essential nutrients and possibly even leaching pollutants into the water table underneath Installing rain barrels can also lessen the load on your city s sewage and water treatment facilities Here s a great little video on how a recycled food barrel can be used as a plastic rain barrel With all the benefits that these can bring to the environment there are more than enough reasons why we should have them around the home Even without these benefits however the water that we can collect from them can be useful for our own daily needs The water that you collect in rain barrels can be used for a wide variety of tasks

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  • 2009 February
    in public relations offering access to print radio television and now the Internet media with ready to use editorial fill items Monitoring and analysis are two more of our primary services The service supplies access to the national media for marketers in the private the public and the not for profit sectors Your corporate and product news consumer tips and information are packaged in a variety of ready to use formats and are made available to every Canadian media organization including weekly and daily newspapers cable and commercial television stations radio stations as well as the Web sites Canadians visit most often Visit News Canada and learn more about the NC services This article was posted on May 10 2003 How A Rainy Day Can Save You Money Rain barrels are fairly inexpensive so you shouldn t have to spend a lot of money on this but if you really want to be frugal about it then you should make your own rainbarrel Decorative Rainbarrel Since water is an ever decreasing precious resource it only makes sense to look into the many benefits that rain barrels can offer you as well as the environment RAIN BARRELS SAVE WATER FOR GARDEN Rain barrel water collection is an excellent way to save rain water when we have it and use on our gardens and lawns later Also rain water is so much better than faucet water for plants RainbBarrel Gotta Have One Gotta have a rain barrel in this drought in Atlanta What a great way to save water Save On Your Water Consumption With Rain Barrels Do you know that you can actually harvest rainwater and save them for future use Yes you can actually use the rainwater for your garden with the use of rain barrels Mail this post Technorati Tags buckets cisterns gardens lawns rain barrel rain barrels rainbarrel rainwater screen setting up Rain Barrels buckets cisterns gardens lawns rain barrel rain barrels rainbarrel rainwater screen setting up Rain Water Barrels The Water Saving Rain Barrel For The Home February 8th 2009 1 comment Rain water barrels make it so easy save water This article tells you why they are so important With environmental concerns currently making headlines all over the world water conservation is fast becoming an important concern Whether you are presently in the midst of a drought in your area or you are currently experiencing a lot of rain rain barrels can have a significant on your water consumption and its impact on the environment With water obviously being a precious commodity and an increasingly scarce resource rain barrels allow you to harvest rainwater and thereby make more efficient use of it as an available water source 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 Since rainwater is generally pure and soft it is ideal of irrigation purposes around the home What You Need to Know about Rain Barrels Collecting water in rain barrels will allow you to lessen your consumption of water from the water mains system thereby saving you a considerable amount of money in water costs In addition you will be less dependent on the water supply in your area which is a particularly important concern for people that live in places that have limited water supply A further benefit is that you have a lot more water available to you which can be used in anything from watering your lawn to washing your cars and windows Many people have used a number of commonly available materials such as cans and jars as sort of improvised rain barrels While these will do an adequate enough job of collecting rainwater you will get better results by buying commercially available rain barrels These are offered in a variety of sizes with 55 gallon rain barrels being the most commonly available 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 environment as 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 Author Albert Zan For info on rain barrels see http palmettorainbarrels com Article Source http EzineArticles com expert Albert Zan Mushroom Compost Garden Tips RAIN BARRELS SAVE WATER FOR GARDEN Rain barrel water collection is an excellent way to save rain water when we have it and use on our gardens and lawns later Conserve Water and Save Money Buy a Rain Barrel Purchase a rain barrel and do your part to conserve water In return get the personal benefit of savings on your water bill Save on Your Water Consumption with Rain Barrels Do you know that you can actually harvest rainwater and save them for future use Yes you can actually use the rainwater for your garden with the use of rain barrels Waste Not Want Not Personal Rain Water Barrels Some savvy gardeners are turning to low tech solutions to water their yards Rain barrels have made a comeback in recent years Mail this post Technorati Tags home rain barrel rain barrels rain water barrels rainwater barrel Rain Barrels home rain barrel rain barrels rain water barrels rainwater barrel Contact Us February 8th 2009 No comments If you have any questions regarding

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    on a shelf A collapsable rain barrel is sturdy attractive and easy to install You simply place it underneath your existing diverter or gutter down spout and the rainwater pours in Adding a bit of organic mosquito treatment or vinegar to your rainwater barrel will keep the water free of unwanted pests and placing an old nylon stocking over the downspout will keep the barrel free of leaves and other debris When you need to access that rainwater gravity does the work sending water out the nozzle and through the house providing plenty of liquid refreshment to your thirsty garden plants and flowers When the watering season ends simply drain the remaining water allow the barrel to air dry then collapse it down simply and store in just inches of space until gardening season begins again You can also use your barrel year around as it is durable attractive and maintenance free Rain barrels are a great way of doing your share to help the environment while also saving money on water for your plants A collapsible rain barrel is an easy to install option with low initial shipping costs easy use and simple space saving storage A Pop Up Rain Barrel Additional Pop up Rain Barrel Info Rain Barrel Project This Instructable will be an overview of how to setup your own rain barrels This probably would work for people who want them to be more portable When I did mine I meant it to be a static system that could be housed in a garage outside or basement I guess the thought of making sure they re always primed and working properly is a bit more maintenance that I was trying to avoid A Guide To Portable Rain Barrels Rain barrels come in different forms such as portable rain barrel the rain catcher rain barrel flat back rain barrel wood grain rain barrel flora rain barrel etc Portable rain barrels serve multiple purposes Decorative Rain Barrels Since the rain barrels main priority is to hold rainwater rain barrels are not made out of metal this is Rain Barrels because they are intended to be portable brick concrete and stone are not good choices Save Money and Natural Resources with a Rain Barrel And there are a few that are simple pop up barrels that can be stored flat when not in use but hold a good volume of water These Collapsible Rain Barrels Look Sensible These collapsible rain barrels look sensible Pop Up Rain Barrel Made of flexible puncture resistant laminated polyester this ingenious rain barrel holds up to 45 gallons of water The wide top zips open for easy dipping Mail this post Technorati Tags 156 barrel barrels collapsable collapsible diverter gallon pop portable rain up water Rain Water Barrel Types 156 barrel barrels collapsable collapsible diverter gallon pop portable rain up water RSS feed Recent Posts Collapsible Rain Barrel Affordable And Convenient Oak Rain Barrel Nostalgia Rain Barrel Irrigation Get Started Easily Wood Rain Barrel Nostalgia

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    the barrel Wooden coverings for the overflow and top can also be made from pickets Mail this post Technorati Tags barrel barrels catching garden home rain rainwater water whiskey wood Rain Water Barrel Types barrel barrels catching garden home rain rainwater water whiskey wood Home Rain Barrel October 19th 2009 No comments 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 Pages 1 2 3 4 more 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 Mail this post Technorati Tags barrel barrels collection harvesting home rain rainwater system systems water Rain Barrels barrel barrels collection harvesting home rain rainwater system systems water Rain Barrel How To October 12th 2009 1 comment 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 Mail this post Technorati Tags barrel barrels build collection how make rain rainwater to use water Make Rain Barrels barrel barrels build collection how make rain rainwater to use water Garden Rain Barrel October 5th 2009 No comments 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 Pages 1 2 3 4 more 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 Mail this post Technorati Tags barrel barrell barrells barrels collection garden gardening home rain rainwater system vegetable water Rain Barrels barrel barrell barrells barrels collection garden gardening home rain rainwater system vegetable water Make Rain Barrel September 28th 2009 No comments Make Rain Barrel Instructions Collecting rain water to use around your home not only is an environmentally sound practice but can save you money throughout the year By collecting rain in barrels you are conserving water This can decrease the strain on the water reservoirs in your area and help save our clean drinking water This water can be used for watering plants or lawn washing your dog or car or even for watering your gardens when there is no rain in the forecast This article will show you how make your own rain barrel To begin to making a rain barrel you need a large plastic drum Many people purchase a 55 gallon drum brand new for this project If you recycle an old container take the time to rinse and dry out the container prior to setting it up for use You should use a bleach and water mixture and let it air dry naturally before sealing up the drum Pages 1 2 3 4 more Once you have established that you have a sanitary drum you need to insert a spigot into the side of the drum This should be done near the bottom of the drum to allow for good water flow when you are releasing the collected water To insert the spigot you will need to drill a hole in the barrel large enough to fit the spigot that you have Insert the spigot and cover the threads of the piping with Teflon tape This will prevent the water from seeping out and ruining your connections Once you have installed the spigot give it a test by filling the bucket with some water and draining it out Check for and repair any leaks and this part is done The next step to make rain barrel is that you will have to have a collection opening on the top of the barrel This opening should be large enough for good drainage into the bucket but not to large to allow large debris to get inside Place your collection drum in a strategic area that will be optimum for collection Many people place them at the end of water spouts coming down from the roof or near the corners of their homes where water tends to pool Now all you have to do is wait for the soaking rain Build Rain Barrel Video More About Making Rain Barrels Riverheads High Students Make Rain Barrels Students in the schools science department will soon be making rain barrels Environmental science teacher Joel Nelson says it s a great way to save water The barrel hooks up from the down spout of your house Rain Barrels Designer rain barrells are not cheap and therefore not everyone can afford to buy one There are many ways to make your own rain barrel and there are many sites dedicated to the diy rain barrel crowd How To Install A Rain Barrel I think it would be possible to catch some with a well placed rain barrel It would take some adjustments preferably during a rainstorm A person could also get or make a rain chain Collect Rain Water Rain Barrels According to the U S Environmental Protection Agency a single 100 gallon rain barrel can save up to 1300 gallons of utility provided water during the high demand summer months Handy homeowners can make their own water harvesting rain barrels Mail this post Technorati Tags a barrel barrels build how make making own rain to video your Make Rain Barrels a barrel barrels build how make making own rain to video your Rain Barrel Diverter September 25th 2009 1 comment Rain Barrel Diverter Use And Installation With 60 percent of our water consumption going to residential irrigation and with the problem of runoff reducing ground saturation along with the fact that it can contribute to polluting existing water sources we really should consider using rain barrels By diverting your runoff to a barrel you will be helping to protect the environment and aiding in the prevention of future water shortages Here are some of the best choices when it comes to a Rain Barrel Diverter Pages 1 2 3 4 more The fact of the matter is that it will rain sometime and rain is a free resource With the rainwater from a rain barrel you can wash your car soak your garden or even top off your pool With three rain barrels that are linked together you can save up to 240 gallons of rainwater and it is possible to fill one with only a 1 4 of rainfall You should be able to look around and find some that are made of recycled material and save even more of our precious resources Your barrel should be between 40 and 80 gallons and made out of a material such as plastic for easy cleaning that will last forever The lid should screw on act as a tray and have several small holes in it as this will stop debris from entering your barrel You do not want to have a breeding ground for mosquitoes so don t consider the ones with larger holes and screens as it will just create more work and is less sanitary Your barrel should have a spigot to hook your hose to and a rain barrel diverter giving you the ability to control where the rainwater goes The rain barrel diverter should be placed below your gutter in front of your downspout and above the barrel to allow for overflow to run out the waste channel to prevent pooling of rain around your barrel should it be full when it rains and is very important to have on your rain collection system You will find as many diverters as you will find rain collection systems such as automatic and collapsible and are certain to find the system to fit your style as they are made in many shapes and colors as to accent your home and be a decorative addition to your flower bed You can make your own diverter and can find many how to suggestions online if you are wanting to save a few dollars on your system Rain Barrel Gutter Downspout Diverter Rain Overflow Diverters Gardening The Enviorenment Friendly Way Rain Barrel Diverter Attach a rain water diverter to your downspout Rain barrel diverter kits are inexpensive and alleviate the problem of water pooling at the base of your container Collecting Water Uses of Rain Barrel Diverter Rain barrel diverters provide the option of saving water The water which falls from roof tops can be collected in rain barrels Rain water collection is the best means to save water Rain Barrel Diverters Collecting Rain Water Rain barrel diverters are one of the easiest ways you can save money around your household Many cities are facing drought conditions or water restrictions Because of this water rates have been rising Rainwater Diverter Kit The Saving Rain Diverter Box is a water conservation and runoff management system with several options Divert the maximum amount of rainwater from your roof into one or more rain barrels Mail this post Technorati Tags automatic barrel barrels collapsible diverter downspout gutter overflow rain water Rain Barrels automatic barrel barrels collapsible diverter downspout gutter overflow rain water Rainwater Barrel Catch And Store Rain Water September 21st 2009 No comments 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 Pages 1 2 3 4 more 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 Mail this post Technorati Tags barrel barrels benefits collection design kit rainwater system Rain Barrels barrel barrels benefits collection design kit rainwater system Making A Rain Barrel May 25th 2009 1 comment Making a rain barrel for conserving water and saving money on your water bills is an easy do it yourself project as this article discusses Whether you live in an area hard hit by drought are looking to save money on your water bills or just want to conserve water because it s a precious resource or all three perhaps this spring it s time to harvest rain water and use it around your house I plan to do so within the next couple of weeks Here s why and how you can too Why bother Did you know that in the summer as much as 40 percent of a homeowner s water use goes to the yard Why not replace some of that water coming from the outdoor faucet with rainwater Just think of all the rainwater that washes away each time it pours According to the U S EPA a rain barrel can save a single homeowner about 1 300 gallons of water during the peak summer months That s a lot of water for very little money or work Plus harvesting that water means less of it ends up in your sewer treatment facility and you re helping to keep rivers beaches and the like a bit cleaner because that water runoff often picks up some nasty contaminants and litter on its way Oh and did I mention that naturally softened rainwater is great for water plants cleaning your car or even washing windows It is you just can t drink it How do I start Making your own rain barrel is a pretty darn easy DIY project all you really need is a large food quality barrel or even a big plastic garbage can with a lid You ll need to make a hole in the lid for the gutter connector and a hole near the bottom of the can where you ll want to screw in a spigot But essentially that s it Lucky for you there are lots of resources online to help you with 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 last fall Sherry and I have been itching to harness the power of our own otherwise wasted rainwater So we participated in a recent rain barrel making workshop Make a Rain Barrel Man oh man do I have a weekend project for you As I ve mentioned before harvesting rainwater at home is a great way to save money save water and keep your yard or garden looking great Mail this post Technorati Tags barrel barrels build harvest homemade make making a rain barrel rain water Make Rain Barrels barrel barrels build harvest homemade make making a rain barrel rain water Rain Barrel Garden May 24th 2009 No comments If you are a gardener you probably already do a bit composting to recycle yard and kitchen waste This homemade Black Gold does wonders for your plants and soil But have you discovered the gardening benefits of harvesting and recycling rainwater to use in the garden Many communities nationwide are experiencing either short term or long term water shortages Some communities have begun rationing programs and impose fines if a homeowner uses too much water Why not try some simple rainwater harvesting techniques and use the water to irrigate your garden You ll be able to water your plants when they need it and you may see a bit of savings on your water bill at the same time Harvesting rainwater is as simple as placing a rain barrel under a roof gutter downspout Practically any large clean container can be used as a rain barrel For instance you can use a plastic or metal trash can However there are major benefits to using commercially designed rain barrels Features of commercially available rain barrels include childproof and pet proof lids mosquito screens overflow hardware spigots for attaching hoses and the ability to link multiple barrels together These features make using your rainwater much easier and safer Many city water departments will give homeowners a rebate on their water bill if they buy a rain barrel You can find durable heavy duty rainbarrels at most home improvement stores and garden centers You can also order them from online suppliers These rain barrels can be quite attractive also Some are made to look like traditional round wooden barrels while some are square or half round to provide versatility and style when placing one beside your house Some rain barrels currently on the market are made from recycled shipping containers for Mediterranean foods such as olives What are some of the advantages of collecting rainwater for use in your garden For starters you will be doing your part to conserve both 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

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    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 Mail this post Technorati Tags barrel barrels build collection how make rain rainwater to use water Make Rain Barrels barrel barrels build collection how make rain rainwater to use water Garden Rain Barrel October 5th 2009 No comments 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 Pages 1 2 3 4 more 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 Mail this post Technorati Tags barrel barrell barrells barrels collection garden gardening home rain rainwater system vegetable water Rain Barrels barrel barrell barrells barrels collection garden gardening home rain rainwater system vegetable water Make Rain Barrel September 28th 2009 No comments Make Rain Barrel Instructions Collecting rain water to use around your home not only is an environmentally sound practice but can save you money throughout the year By collecting rain in barrels you are conserving water This can decrease the strain on the water reservoirs in your area and help save our clean drinking water This water can be used for watering plants or lawn washing your dog or car or even for watering your gardens when there is no rain in the forecast This article will show you how make your own rain barrel To begin to making a rain barrel you need a large plastic drum Many people purchase a 55 gallon drum brand new for this project If you recycle an old container take the time to rinse and dry out the container prior to setting it up for use You should use a bleach and water mixture and let it air dry naturally before sealing up the drum Pages 1 2 3 4 more Once you have established that you have a sanitary drum you need to insert a spigot into the side of the drum This should be done near the bottom of the drum to allow for good water flow when you are releasing the collected water To insert the spigot you will need to drill a hole in the barrel large enough to fit the spigot that you have Insert the spigot and cover the threads of the piping with Teflon tape This will prevent the water from seeping out and ruining your connections Once you have installed the spigot give it a test by filling the bucket with some water and draining it out Check for and repair any leaks and this part is done The next step to make rain barrel is that you will have to have a collection opening on the top of the barrel This opening should be large enough for good drainage into the bucket but not to large to allow large debris to get inside Place your collection drum in a strategic area that will be optimum for collection Many people place them at the end of water spouts coming down from the roof or near the corners of their homes where water tends to pool Now all you have to do is wait for the soaking rain Build Rain Barrel Video More About Making Rain Barrels Riverheads High Students Make Rain Barrels Students in the schools science department will soon be making rain barrels Environmental science teacher Joel Nelson says it s a great way to save water The barrel hooks up from the down spout of your house Rain Barrels Designer rain barrells are not cheap and therefore not everyone can afford to buy one There are many ways to make your own rain barrel and there are many sites dedicated to the diy rain barrel crowd How To Install A Rain Barrel I think it would be possible to catch some with a well placed rain barrel It would take some adjustments preferably during a rainstorm A person could also get or make a rain chain Collect Rain Water Rain Barrels According to the U S Environmental Protection Agency a single 100 gallon rain barrel can save up to 1300 gallons of utility provided water during the high demand summer months Handy homeowners can make their own water harvesting rain barrels Mail this post Technorati Tags a barrel barrels build how make making own rain to video your Make Rain Barrels a barrel barrels build how make making own rain to video your Rain Barrel Diverter September 25th 2009 1 comment Rain Barrel Diverter Use And Installation With 60 percent of our water consumption going to residential irrigation and with the problem of runoff reducing ground saturation along with the fact that it can contribute to polluting existing water sources we really should consider using rain barrels By diverting your runoff to a barrel you will be helping to protect the environment and aiding in the prevention of future water shortages Here are some of the best choices when it comes to a Rain Barrel Diverter Pages 1 2 3 4 more The fact of the matter is that it will rain sometime and rain is a free resource With the rainwater from a rain barrel you can wash your car soak your garden or even top off your pool With three rain barrels that are linked together you can save up to 240 gallons of rainwater and it is possible to fill one with only a 1 4 of rainfall You should be able to look around and find some that are made of recycled material and save even more of our precious resources Your barrel should be between 40 and 80 gallons and made out of a material such as plastic for easy cleaning that will last forever The lid should screw on act as a tray and have several small holes in it as this will stop debris from entering your barrel You do not want to have a breeding ground for mosquitoes so don t consider the ones with larger holes and screens as it will just create more work and is less sanitary Your barrel should have a spigot to hook your hose to and a rain barrel diverter giving you the ability to control where the rainwater goes The rain barrel diverter should be placed below your gutter in front of your downspout and above the barrel to allow for overflow to run out the waste channel to prevent pooling of rain around your barrel should it be full when it rains and is very important to have on your rain collection system You will find as many diverters as you will find rain collection systems such as automatic and collapsible and are certain to find the system to fit your style as they are made in many shapes and colors as to accent your home and be a decorative addition to your flower bed You can make your own diverter and can find many how to suggestions online if you are wanting to save a few dollars on your system Rain Barrel Gutter Downspout Diverter Rain Overflow Diverters Gardening The Enviorenment Friendly Way Rain Barrel Diverter Attach a rain water diverter to your downspout Rain barrel diverter kits are inexpensive and alleviate the problem of water pooling at the base of your container Collecting Water Uses of Rain Barrel Diverter Rain barrel diverters provide the option of saving water The water which falls from roof tops can be collected in rain barrels Rain water collection is the best means to save water Rain Barrel Diverters Collecting Rain Water Rain barrel diverters are one of the easiest ways you can save money around your household Many cities are facing drought conditions or water restrictions Because of this water rates have been rising Rainwater Diverter Kit The Saving Rain Diverter Box is a water conservation and runoff management system with several options Divert the maximum amount of rainwater from your roof into one or more rain barrels Mail this post Technorati Tags automatic barrel barrels collapsible diverter downspout gutter overflow rain water Rain Barrels automatic barrel barrels collapsible diverter downspout gutter overflow rain water Rainwater Barrel Catch And Store Rain Water September 21st 2009 No comments 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 Pages 1 2 3 4 more 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 Mail this post Technorati Tags barrel barrels benefits collection design kit rainwater system Rain Barrels barrel barrels benefits collection design kit rainwater system Oak Rain Barrel Why You Need One May 31st 2009 No comments An 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 Rain 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 Stephanie Hobbs Article Source http EzineArticles com expert Stephanie Hobbs 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 Mail this post Technorati Tags barrels catchment cisterns collect installation oak rain barrel store systems water whiskey wine wood Rain Water Barrel Types barrels catchment cisterns collect installation oak rain barrel store systems water whiskey wine wood English Rain Barrel For Rainwater Harvesting May 30th 2009 No comments An 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 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 Celebrate Everyday Belinda Nelson Author Belinda Nelson Shop for unique Lawn and Garden Decor Water Fountains Rainchains and Water barrels at http www hiddentreasuresdirect com Article Source http EzineArticles com expert Belinda Nelson 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 Rain Barrel 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 Mail this post Technorati Tags 50 gallon barrels benefits collect collecting english rain barrel harvest linking rainwater recycling store systems water Rain Water Barrel Types 50 gallon barrels benefits collect collecting english rain barrel harvest linking rainwater recycling store systems water Making A Rain Barrel May 25th 2009 1 comment Making a rain barrel for conserving water and saving money on your water bills is an easy do it yourself project as this article discusses Whether you live in an area hard hit by drought are looking to save money on your water bills or just want to conserve water because it s a precious resource or all three perhaps this spring it s time to harvest rain water and use it around your house I plan to do so within the next couple of weeks Here s why and how you can too Why bother Did you know that in the summer as much as 40 percent of a homeowner s water use goes to the yard Why not replace some of that water coming from the outdoor faucet with rainwater Just think of all the rainwater that washes away each time it pours According to the U S EPA a rain barrel can save a single homeowner about 1 300 gallons of water during the peak summer months That s a lot of water for very little money or work Plus harvesting that water means less of it ends up in your sewer treatment facility and you re helping to keep rivers beaches and the like a bit cleaner because that water runoff often picks up some nasty contaminants and litter on its way Oh and did I mention that naturally softened rainwater is great for water plants cleaning your car or even washing windows It is you just can t drink it How do I start Making your own rain barrel is a pretty darn easy DIY project all you really need is a large food quality barrel or even a big plastic garbage can with a lid You ll need to make a hole in the lid for the gutter connector and a hole near the bottom of the can where you ll want to screw in a spigot But essentially that s it Lucky for you there are lots of resources online to help you with 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 last fall Sherry and I have been itching to harness the power of our own otherwise wasted rainwater So we participated in a recent rain barrel making workshop Make a Rain Barrel Man oh man do I have a weekend project for you As I ve mentioned before harvesting rainwater at home is a great way to save money save water and keep your yard or garden looking great Mail this post Technorati Tags barrel barrels build harvest homemade make making a rain barrel rain water Make Rain Barrels barrel barrels build harvest homemade make making a rain barrel rain water Rain Barrel Garden May 24th 2009 No comments If you are a gardener you probably already do a bit composting to recycle yard and kitchen waste This homemade Black Gold does wonders for your plants and soil But have you discovered the gardening benefits of harvesting and recycling rainwater to use in the garden Many communities nationwide are experiencing either short term or long term water shortages Some communities have begun rationing programs and impose fines if a homeowner uses too much water Why not try some simple rainwater harvesting techniques and use the water to irrigate your garden You ll be able to water your plants when they need it and you may see a bit of savings on your water bill at the same time Harvesting rainwater is as simple as placing a rain barrel under a roof gutter downspout Practically any large clean container can be used as a rain barrel For instance you can use a plastic or metal trash can 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