Given the past two years’ financial situation that most of us have found ourselves in, we can all use ways to reduce our expenses. One of the easiest ways I discovered was to reduce my water bills by collecting rainwater. However, when I first installed rain barrels to collect rainwater, the salesman warned me that if they were to overflow, I risk seriously damaging the foundations and basement of my home. Since water damage is not cheap to repair, I found ways to protect my home.
Divert Water Away From The Foundation
The best way to prevent water reaching your foundations is to install a rain barrel diverter for your gutters. This is a small piece of equipment that ensures water flows away from your home when the barrels are full. By using this relatively inexpensive device, I never worry that I would have to deal with the almost neverending expenses of repairing water damage in my basement.
How To Store Collected Rainwater
Obviously, I knew that the rainwater I collected was not potable. That is, I couldn’t drink it without some type of treatment and filtration. But, I didn’t realize that I needed to keep the water moving in order to avoid that stench of stagnant water, and the variety of insect that wanted to make the barrels their home. Luckily, there is a simple solution to keep rainwater clean even after long periods of storage. A neighbour taught me how to chlorinate the water periodically to kill off any any microorganisms and algae that were brewing in the water. Also, I learned that I needed to move the water every once in a while. I had a spare barrel that I used to rotate the filled barrels into every two or three weeks. This aerates the water and keeps it from going stagnant.
What To Use Collected Rainwater For
Although I couldn’t drink the water I collected (I tried to filter it and make it potable but I didn’t like the taste), there are still many things I could do with the rainwater. I used it to water my plants to do loads of laundry, and even to wash the dishes. It was a hassle to try flushing the toilet, but some people do that too. I read online that the water I used from my rain barrels is considered more environmentally friendly – with a lower carbon footprint. Apparently it takes a lot of energy for the government to bring water to each home and to your faucets. Collecting rainwater uses zero energy, and thus I was able to reduce my carbon footprint significantly.
You can start saving on your water bills too, while you’re contributing to saving the planet as well. After all, clean water is a finite resource, and every drop we save is considered a positive. The future generations will need the water we’ve taken for granted, and the only way to ensure life on Earth continues is to help conserve water by using methods like rainwater collection.