Want to know how you can save lots of fresh water? Well, with a rain barrel or two or maybe ten you can. Yes you can save many gallons of water for free. Its easy to do because once you have the barrels hooked up you don’t have to do anything but use the free water. And use it for your vegetable gardens to get the most benefit from it. I use mine in the greenhouse to water my vegetables. This saves a lot of money. I also use it around the yard for many of the bamboo plants that I grow. I mean it is free so why not use it for things I usually water with the hose. I have a lot of plants to water and I use a lot of water to do it. Just what I use in the greenhouse is probably around 2000 gallons a year. That can get kind of costly using the hose. I just use the riding mower and trailer to haul the water where I need it. It makes things a lot easier. Or I use the hose from the rain barrel on the side of the house. I probably fill it 4-5 times a year. Because it catches all the water from the driveway. So it fills up fast. And I use it the most because it has a hose on it. This makes watering easy with simple rain barrels.
Simple Rain Barrels Can Make You Money
I traded someone a nice huge clump of bamboo for 35 barrels. Threw a spigot in them and sold every one for $35 a piece. Which was a nice tidy little profit. Of course I didn’t sell them all right away but the money still came in handy. And I did spend $5 on each spigot so it wasn’t all profit. But that is just another way to sustain myself and help pay the bills. The free water is nice an if there is ever an emergency. I have plenty of water. I would still boil this water before drinking it but you get the picture. The more simple rain barrels you have catching the water the more you have in storage. In fact my simple rain barrels account for several thousand gallons of water each year and I love every drop of it. Like me I have at least 500-4000 gallons of water on hand in the spring, summer and fall. I have it in the winter too, but its frozen so it would need to be thawed before using but its still there if I need it. I like knowing that I have all this water on hand. And they are simple to build just drill a hole close to the bottom of the barrel. Slightly smaller than the spigot. Screw in spigot by hand and its done. Take the cap off and run your downspout into the top of it. And you are done. Attach a garden hose to the spigot and you are ready to go. And that is how you build simple rain barrels.
Saving Money By Providing For Yourself Is What Sustainability Is All About
Anywhere you can cut corners or provide for your own needs by using what is already there for you is a plus. Saving money using simple rain barrels is a must for me. I couldn’t even begin to afford all the water I use gardening for money. Gardening is how I get most of the money I make. Bartering is also a great way to sustain myself. You get what you need and someone else gets what they need. It works out great for both parties. Bartering barrels worked out best for me, but the customer got what he wanted too. We were both happy. An neither one of us spent a penny. So get out there and build your simple rain barrels today. If you like this post and you like the way I think you should go see my new store www.amazon.com/shops/A13JAQNPXDNX.
By Jeff Gabelman