Rain Barrel: Outdoor Gadgets That Save Money

If you are someone who enjoys gardening or has extensive landscaping in their yard, a great outdoor gadget to consider purchasing is a rain barrel. Rain barrels are containers which capture rainwater (usually from your gutter system coming down from your roof) which can be stored for use around your home and yard. There are a variety of rain barrel sizes with most ranging from 50 gallons to 80 gallons. In addition to the container, a rain barrel will usually have some type of spigot which will allow you to fill up watering containers, and some sort of connection for a hose.

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The main money-saving advantage of rain barrels is the reduction of money spent on the household water bill. The US En


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4 Responses to Rain Barrel: Outdoor Gadgets That Save Money

  1. Joan says:

    If one 80 gallon barrel can provide 1300 gallons of water over the summer, doesn’t that mean it has filled up 16.5 times by rains? Does your garden need more rain after all that?

  2. Jeffrey says:

    Good question. A couple points to this — most people that get rain barrels (at least in my experience) get two to three, not just one, so you are talking 8 or 6 rains over the entire summer season. The second is that it really doesn’t take much rain to fill up a rain barrel because it is accumulating rain from the roof top — an area that is much larger than the surface area of the barrel itself. Now, if you live in an area where it rains a lot, then obviously the need for rain barrels wouldn’t be as cost effective as areas where there is less rain.

  3. Aleta says:

    I would love to do one of these. You can check into your Jr. colleges that teach this course and I have seen those barrels at a more affordable price, plus you can make your own. My plants and yard always respond more to rain water rather than city water.

    My aunt used to collect rain water to wash her hair and she was a cosmetologist. She said it made her hair softer.

  4. John says:

    You’d be surprised how much rain comes off of your roof. Just look how much is pouring out of your downspouts. Rain barrels are a good way to capture some of this free water for later use in the garden. You can build one out of a standard 55 gallon plastic drum – your gutter just dumps right into it.

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