Conserving Water With an Outdoor Rain Barrel
Save Money on Your Water Bill
It's a wonder that every homeowner hasn't already purchased a rain barrel, considering the money we spend on water bills. Particularly over the warm months, water usage can skyrocket, given landscaping and gardening needs. While each of us might like to make our own rain barrel, the aesthetic value of a well-designed barrel should be enough to make us think twice about this. Rain barrels have come a long way; long gone are the big ugly brutes so often mismatched in color with anyone's home. Today's rain barrels have a range of colors and styles to suit the architecture of any structure. Not only can they help you save an amazing amount of money on your water bill, a rain barrel can actually blend perfectly with the visual appeal of your home.
Algreen 81001 Cascata 65-Gallon Rain Water Collection and Storage System
The Algreen 81001 is a 65-gallon rain barrel with an exquisite ceramic appearance and impressive durability. Like all rain barrels, this is an environmentally friendly way to conserve water that you would have otherwise let run from your downspout into your neighbor's yard. This barrel comes with a 6-foot garden hose, a corrosion-proof screen guard, brass spigot, and a removable planter for the top. The hose can hang on the attached hook, and is a pleasure to look at. You're virtually guaranteed to be the topic of conversation on your street with this fine-looking rain barrel positioned at a corner of your home.
For the price, the Algreen 81001 is one of the nicest rain collection systems you can buy.
Kyoto RBSS-75 75-Gallon Rain Barrel, Sandstone-Finish
For a slightly larger alternative, consider the Kyoto RBSS-75 rain barrel. It has a sandstone finish, so is equally pleasing to look at, and holds 10 gallons more than the Algreen. Like the Algreen model, this rain barrel is formulated to withstand extreme temperatures, since it combines a plastic molding interior with a more stylish exterior. The nice thing about this rain barrel is that it can be used anywhere water comes off the roof; no gutter is actually required for its use, as it can serve as an "open" barrel, if required. This barrel has an overflow drain and a drain at the base, next to an attractive metal faucet.
Smart Solar RB6000 Rain Barrel, 60 Gallon Capacity
The SmartSolar RB6000 is an intelligent trade-off when your budget is a little tighter than you'd like. This 60-gallon rain barrel may not be as strong as the previous two on looks, but it will get the job done. This barrel packs flat so it can be easily moved, and can be staked to the ground for semi-permanence. It comes with a supplied downspout diverter valve, and will fill in approximately 20 minutes of constant flow . Just attach your garden hose to the spigot at the bottom, and get to work on your yard. You'll be impressed with how much water you can save for the money with this model.
Fiskars 5998 Salsa II 58 Gallon Rain Barrel with DiverterPro
The Fiskars 5998 Salsa II is a polyethylene rain barrel that looks a little more like an actual barrel. It has a flat back, so can fit very neatly up to the side of your house, and it includes the DiverterPro system in order to channel rainwater from your downspout. When the barrel is full, the diverter sends additionally flow back through the downspout to avoid any flooding around your foundation. A good compromise between price and appearance, the Fiskars 5998 Salsa II is a solid rainwater collection system.
Algreen 81111 65-Gallon Cascata Rain Water Collection and Storage System
The Algreen 81111 is a dark brown complement to the Algreen 81001. This rain barrel has the same basic features as the 81001, and is the same price. If your home is a darker color, choose the Algreen 81111 for the most seamless blending. As with the previous model, rain collection systems don't get much better than this.