Looking for a quick and easy DIY project that will save you some cash and help the Earth? Spend an afternoon installing a rain barrel to collect fresh rainwater to use to water your lawn, wash your car, give your dog a bath, or anything else you’d use water from your outdoor spigot for.
Wondering how much water you’d save? One-quarter inch of rain falling on a 1,000-square-foot roof can result in up to 150 gallons of conserved rainwater.
Installing a rain barrel is a relatively easy do-it-yourself project. Exact procedures will vary by manufacturer, but keep these general tips in mind:
A rain barrel can only collect water if your gutters and downspouts are working well, so make sure yours are in tip-top shape. Clear any debris or clutter that could cause gutters to back up or overflow, then install gutter guards, like Frost King’s Vinyl Snap-In Gutter Screens , to keep gutters from filling up with gunk.