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Posted on November 11, 2013
Rain barrels do so much more than the simple harvesting of rainwater, they offer a wide variety of uses within many household applications. Here, we will take a closer look at a few of the ways water barrels can be put to good use.
The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that during the summer months, outdoor watering accounts for as much as 40 percent of all household water usage. Not only does this exemplify the need for water conservation, it is also an expensive means to a green garden or colorful flower bed. Again, according to the EPA, installing a rain barrel can save up to 1,300 gallons of water a year depending on typical annual rainfall. Regardless, it will still save water and certainly save you money and you will feel good for doing so.
Were you aware that it takes 1.5 kilowatts of electricity to deliver 1,000 gallons of water to your household? According to the EPA, 4 percent of the power generated by the United States comes from water supply and treatment facilities. Well, then you be aware that the energy needed to collect water in a rain barrel is exactly zero. That is definitely one way to minimize your carbon footprint.
Take this into consideration, the water supplied by rain barrels is free from calcium, chlorine and lime, making it a very soft water. And as many of you probably already know, soft water is perfect for washing cars, watering plants and lawns and even washing your house windows. With all the benefits of using a rain barrel, perhaps it’s time to look into getting one or two for your household. Come see our extensive line of rain barrels and rain barrel kits today.