One of the easiest ways to “go green” and be more energy efficient with your house is to collect rainwater. Not only will it save you money on your water bill, but it is a great way to recycle and reuse something that literally falls from the sky. Here is what you will need for your own rainwater collection system.
Your house already has a roof and gutter system which are the first two things you need to begin the process. Next you will need a way to keep all that precious water from just returning to the ground as it has been doing, which is where a diverter comes in. You simply cut a portion of your downspout and install the diverter instead to direct the flow of the water into your container.
There are many different options for a rainwater container depending on how much you want to collect and how nice you want it to look. One key element to make sure it has for ease of use is a spigot at the bottom that you can turn on and off to fill up buckets or attach a hose to. A very simple way to start out collecting rainwater is with a collapsible container that can be stored away when not in use. Another option is a more permanent rain barrel which is not only functional but also looks nice. If you are looking for something that doesn’t scream “rainwater collection” then a fancier version like this box option is the way to go. Whatever you choose just make sure it is made for storing rainwater and hasn’t been used previously for something toxic like oil.
How to use it
The most common use for collected rainwater is on a garden or lawn. Instead of paying for the water you use on your yard or vegetables, recycle what nature gives you for free and hook your hose up to the rainwater barrel. There are also ways to purify the water for drinking but you will want to take great care in the filtration process as the water can pick up dirt and contaminants from the roof. Either way you will be saving some hard-earned money and a valuable resource all at once.