This summer has brought drought across the U.S., which means watering your your outside plants or washing your car is often an expensive — or even illegal — undertaking. A rain barrel is a simple investment that could save your tomatos next year, not to mention some cash.
Something like 60% of household water usage comes from outside watering, so a rain barrel kit like this one from The Great American Rain Barrel Company can go a long way toward saving a significant amount of money and water. It simply attaches to your gutter’s down spout and stores water in a plastic 60 gallon barrel.
The $165 kit comes with a spigot, cover, and downspout attachment. One inch of water is .62 gallons per square foot, so a quarter inch of rain over 350 sq/ft of roof will fill the barrel right up. You can hook multiple barrels together for even more capacity.
I’ll will admit that a dedicated do-it-your-self guy or gal could collect these materials and make their own, but I can say from experience that finding a barrel of any size that didn’t contain a class-1 carcinogen can be difficult.