Monday, July 14, 2008

Water savings

If you have access to the outdoors, you can cut your water bill by using rain water. In lieu of rain barrels, use any container you have and put it wherever the rain comes off the roof the heaviest, under a downspout or inside corner. Use it to water plants, inside and out, wash the car, etc.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Not having easily accessible downspouts, I used to put milk jugs on my back porch with a funnel in the hole (to make the rain go in easily). Looked odd, but I usually was able to get 1/2 to a full gallon every time it rained and I used multiple jugs.

Pat said...

That works! I have a five gallon bucket that I put under a section that seems to pour when it rains. Every little bit helps.

Michelle said...

Just remember that standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitos and other potentially infectious carrying insects. May not be a problem for some climats, but it is for mine in the Canadian prairies.

Pat said...

Yep, Michelle. I use the rain water fast enough most of the time, but have a lid to put on the bucket otherwise. Most rain barrels are covered to keep out mosquitoes and other bugs.

Anonymous said...

You can build a simple rain barrel for $40 or less. We've put together a simple website to help people through the process. Please feel free take a look at http://tinyurl.com/2vuyus where you will find thorough construction information & tips, rainfall calculator, water safety discussion, and more. Happy watering!

Pat said...

Good information, thank you!