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April Showers Bring Opportunity to Save Water and Money

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If it’s true that April showers bring May flowers, then now is the time to take advantage of capturing some of that rain so you can water your garden on drier days.  Rain barrels offer an effortless way to collect rain water, so you can avoid having to open your faucets (and your wallet) to give your posies a drink. 

Need another reason to love rain barrels?  You can water your garden when you feel like watering — not just during your assigned days and times of the week.  To conserve water, many communities set restrictions on when and how long you can water your lawn and garden.  This is a good idea that makes sense, but restrictions can make it a challenge to keep gardens in top shape throughout the growing season. When you collect rain in one or more rain barrels, you can water when your flowers and plants need it, and you are only limited by the amount of rain in your barrels.

Whether you are motivated by saving money or by saving the planet, rain barrels are a smart solution that fulfills both desires at once.

How to Thrill the Thrifty and Excite the Environmentalist at Home


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 thatGarden Rain Barrel - 60 Gallon 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?