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Thrifty Tips - A little rain goes a long way with a rain barrel.
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Greetings Thrifty Friends,
Do you pay for your water usage? Many communities charge for water utilities. It makes you think twice about turning on the hose to water your garden every night. With the rising price of municipal water and drought restrictions now facing much of the United States during the summer months, more and more homeowners are turning to alternative methods of supplementing their water supply. Enter rain barrels...
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TODAY'S THRIFTY TIP:
Believe it or not, for every inch of rain that falls on an area of 1,000 square feet, you can expect to collect approximately 600 gallons of rainwater. Ten inches of rain falling on a 1,000 square foot catchment area will generate about 6,000 gallons of rainwater.
Besides helping the environment, an obvious reason for harvesting rainwater is to save money. Depending on the size of your house and the amount of rainfall in your area, you can collect a substantial amount of rainwater with a simple system. This extra water can have a significant impact on your water bill. The fact that rainwater is a naturally soft water may be enough to justify harvesting rainwater.
Rainwater stored in rain barrels has many uses. Some people find it mostly useful for watering their landscapes and gardens. Others find uses within the house as well. Rainwater can also be used for drinking but requires special treatment with a filtration system. You do not need a filtration system for landscape uses. You can use it directly from your rain barrel on your garden.
If you're harvesting rainwater with rain barrels to use for watering your landscaping, the rainwater can help to improve the health of your gardens, lawns, and trees. Rain is a naturally soft water and devoid of minerals, chlorine, fluoride, and other chemicals. For this reason, plants respond very well to rainwater. After all, it's what plants in the wild thrive on.
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