What You Should Know About Rainwater Collection

Growing up, you may have heard your mother scold you for failing to turn off the faucet while you brushed your teeth. Even if you rolled your eyes and ignored her, your mom was (deep breath) right. There is such a thing as wasting water, and in today's world, water conservation contributes to an eco-friendly environment. Rainwater collection is a smart way of saving precious water and recycling it in various ways, including using it to hydrate your lawn. Learn ways to optimize rainwater collection, and watch your lawn flourish and energy bill drop.

Did You Know?

You may think that you use up most of your water indoors (i.e. cooking, bathing, shaving, watering plants); however, most of the water that is used comes from outside of the home. Outdoor pipes and faucets, swimming pools, garbage disposal, lawn watering-all of these components equal thousands of gallons of wasted water annually. Rainwater collection is an optimal way of conserving water, so you can feel good about contributing to a cleaner environment and save money at the same time.

Play a Part in Rainwater Collection

Do you scoff at the notion that one person can make a difference in water conservation? You may want to reconsider your skepticism. It's true-one person can play a part in saving water by installing a rainwater collection system, as well as implementing minor changes in his or her daily routine. You can build a rainwater collection system yourself or hire a professional-the important thing is that you start recycling rainwater without delay. A rainwater collection system is especially beneficial in regions that often experience a shortage in rainfall. Collecting rainwater is an age-old approach, but in modern times, people often think saving and reusing rain is pointless. Wrong! The collection of rainwater is just one of many ways you can make the earth greener and cleaner.

Water-Saving Tips

Besides installing a rainwater collection system, there are simple ways to conserve water. You'll find that collecting rainwater pays off in the long run, but the following tips will also save water:
  • Place a bucket in the shower while you're waiting for the water to warm up, and use what's leftover to water the plants in your home.
  • Turn the faucet off while you're brushing your teeth or shaving. Better yet, try brushing your teeth in the shower.
  • Have all leaky toilets and faucets repaired.
  • Run the washing machine and dishwasher only when they are completely filled.
  • If taking a bath, plug up the bathtub immediately and then adjust the temperature.
  • Insulate water pipes so water heats up in no time.
  • When cooking, go easy on the water. You'd be surprised how little you need, even when boiling food.
  • Buy a showerhead that is water-efficient-they're inexpensive.
  • Have your young kids take a bath together.
  • Use the garbage disposal sparingly.
  • Reuse your towels to cut back on washing them frequently. (Note: Use your judgment-don't feel the need to dry off with a dirty towel!)
  • Don't flush tissues down the toilet; throw them away in the trashcan.
  • Don't scrape pots and pans while the water is running; instead, soak them in hot, soapy water for an hour.
Employ these easy steps, install a system that collects rainwater, and give yourself a pat on the back-you've just given back to the environment. If you use the recycled rainwater to water your lawn, then you not only contribute to a healthier environment, but you also have a beautifully green lawn to admire and flaunt.
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