I grew up in New York City, I never knew what this was, but they’re actually kind of cool.
A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from your roof that would otherwise be lost and diverted to storm drains and streams. Usually a rain barrel is composed of a large drum, a vinyl hose, couplings, and a screen grate to keep debris and insects out. They’re not very inexpensive and can sit conveniently under any down spout. Genius!
Lawn watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. A rain barrel collects water and stores it for when you need to water plants or wash car. Rain barrels provide a very ample supply of free “soft water” containing no chlorine, lime or calcium making it ideal for gardens, flower or the potted plants. Ooh, we like that!
According to the EPA, a rain barrel can potentially save most homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy by decreasing demand for treated tap water (i.e. reducing your monthly water bill).
Consequently, a rain barrel is an easy way for you to have a consistent supply of clean, fresh water for outdoor use and save money today and tomorrow. But, I am always drawn back to the other question..does it look good? Because as much as I want to save the environment, I also pay attention to aesthetics. There are a bunch of cute ones right here on Hayneedle I think you will love! Sustainability can be stylish, too!