There are many ways you can save water at home, such as installing low-flow plumbing fixtures and watering your lawn with a timed sprinkler system. If you are planning to sell your house, adding water conserving features can also help attract potential buyers, as many are looking for eco-friendly amenities. Rain barrels are another low-cost way to make a big difference in the amount of water used on your property.
Rain barrels provide an eco-friendly benefit with many uses. The North Cook County Soil & Water Conservation District has a great program to encourage the use of rain barrels, which are designed to catch run off water from your roof. The water collected can then be used for a variety of purposes, especially in your yard and garden.
Some of the most common uses for rain barrel water include:
· Watering plants in the garden, or in the house
· Washing cars, bikes and boats
· Rinsing off mud from shoes and garden tools
· Cleaning windows and outdoor furniture
One of the biggest benefits to having a rain barrel is that they can lessen the amount of storm water runoff entering our sewer system. Storm water runoff; water which is not naturally filtered through the ground, carries with it pollutants which can eventually enter our streams, creeks and rivers. Because the water collected within a rain barrel is usable, the demand of water from our reservoirs is also lessened. In addition, money can be saved by homeowners, as the amount of tap water used in the home can be reduced.
There are some things to take note of when it comes to using your rain barrel properly:
· Drinking and bathing with collected rain water is not recommended as the water includes detritus and debris from the roof, better to be safe than sorry.
· Proper installation on a flat space will keep your barrel stable.
· Place your rain barrel where overflowing water can be soaked up in the ground, and not wasted as runoff water on cement.
· It is ideal to keep leaf debris and bugs out of your rain barrel, especially mosquitos. Each rain barrel system comes with a screen to keep these out, be sure to use it.
Installing a rain barrel is not only a great way to help conserve water, it can help you save money and provide an eco-friendly amenity to your property. When you are ready to sell or buy a home, you want to work with a Realtor® who cares about the community as much as their clients. We are ready to put our expertise to work for you. Learn more at our website, DriscollProperty.com, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams