Thanks to a furry little friend, I happen to know that spring is coming a little early this year. The coming of spring means the coming of rain…and lots of it, depending on your locale. You don’t have to be a gardener or conservationist like me to see the benefits of capturing some of that impending rainfall in a rain barrel and using it for watering garden beds, container plants, and lawns. You just have to like saving money.
Sure, using collected rain that falls from the sky to sprinkle our plants saves water, which is a resource that is becoming more and more scarce. For many people, though — like my thrifty spouse — the only real requirement for owning and using rain barrels is the desire to save money. Saving money is a big motivator for many homeowners, especially for those of us who work harder than we’d care to in order make sure those monthly bills are paid on time. Rain barrels are one of the easiest ways to save on those monthly bills. Set up a rain barrel or two near your home’s downspouts, and let Mother Nature fill them up for free.
Home maintenance practices that combine money savings with conservation are my absolute favorite because they meet the needs of both my spouse and myself in one package. Have you adopted other practices at home that save money and help the environment at the same time?