The first summer we moved to Richmond, I really wanted to keep my yard green and looking nice. I ran the sprinkler for an hour or two a few times a week. I watered all my plants/vegetables at least once a day. And then I got my first water bill. Ouch. I never realized how expensive city water is!! Growing up, we had our sprinklers and hose attached to a well, so it didn't really cost anything to run. Well, city water is a different story. Let's just say, the rest of that summer, my lawn didn't look quite as nice as it did when we moved in :)
But, a few weeks after my love of my sprinkler went away, I found someone selling rain barrels at our farmer's market. I had never really seen a rain barrel before. But I went home and did a little research on them, and learned that they're basically a giant barrel attached to your gutter drain to collect rain water. I thought it was genius and bought one the next time we went to the farmer's market. And I haven't been disappointed.
|our lovely rain barrel|
Basically, the water just pours in through this hole from the gutter spout. One thing I wish this rain barrel had is a filter or a screen to keep leaves and sticks from coming in. Some rain barrels just have an open top, covered with a screen to keep debris out.
It also has a little hole on the side, so when the barrel fills up, the extra comes out the side and doesn't back up the gutters.
I would highly recommend a rain barrel to anyone looking to save some water and some money! They're pretty easy to install, and super easy to use. Although it's a little more work than using a hose, we love using the rain barrel. Also, we get a discount on our storm water bill for every rain barrel we have! Definitely something to look into in your area.
|rain barrel love :)|