Did you realize you could be letting a valuable resource just run down the drain? Water is in short supply lately and you could be letting a little extra money just slip through your fingers! Rainwater harvesting is an easy way to help the environment, save money, and even lower pollution. Even in times we aren’t in drought conditions, harvesting rainwater is a great way to conserve water around your household.

Harvested rainwater can be used both indoors and outdoors. It can be used to water gardens, wash cars, and clean decks, siding, sidewalks and more. Indoors, rainwater can be used to flush toilets, clean floors, wash dishes, and do your laundry. Well-filtered rainwater can even be used for drinking, cooking, and showering. By using this collected resource instead of running it from your faucets, you can save big money on your water bill.

Collecting rain is relatively easy. Setting up your gutters to collect into a large container may be the easiest and most inexpensive way. Adding filters to the top of the drain will help strain out large debris and prevent blockage within the gutters. Larger collecting systems and barrels can be set-up for a more permanent solution for rain water harvesting. This short video shows a complete collection system and brief how-to on how to set it up.

Starting with a smaller collection system is an easy way to test the waters, so to speak. Begin with a large barrel or a few smaller containers at your gutters and challenge yourself to use all of the water you collect. As you train yourself to use rainwater instead of tap water, you may uncover even more uses around the house! Once you’ve gotten into the practice, then consider upgrading to a larger, more effective collection system.

We can all take steps to help conserve the resources around us that are in short supply and high demand. By using harvested rainwater, you can help decrease your personal demand and save money, all while doing your part to lessen the impact of the current drought. Stop by Friedman’s to learn more about rainwater harvesting and let our Expert Advisors help you find all the tools and supplies you need to build your own harvesting system today.