Become Eco-Friendly! Learn The Best Ways to Collect and Use Rainwater
September 02, 2016
Miami's rainy season brings a lot of water to your roof, which creates a perfect opportunity to help the environment by collecting said rainwater and using it for several home tasks. In case you didn't know, collecting rainwater is useful for several home activities. Moreover, you can reduce your water bills if you cut down on its use. However, one of the biggest benefits obtained by collecting rainwater is definitely that you get to help the environment. One of the ways it benefits the environment is by helping lower energy use and carbon emissions from local water treatment facilities, since they have to activate a system that consumes a lot of energy in order to pump water to your home.
Given the fact that South Florida has one of the rainiest seasons in the country,
rain gutter installations in Miami are very useful. These narrow channels that are installed on the edge of your roof are specially designed to collect water and lead it away from the foundation and other areas of the house. The rain gutter system sends water down through downspouts that can deposit this water into rain barrels or tanks, thus making it available for use.
What uses can you think of for rainwater?
Rainwater that is collected and stored properly represents a sustainable source of water, ideal for use inside and outside your home. Some uses for rainwater are the following:
- To water your garden: Depending on the size of the garden, water usage ranges from small to large quantities. If you set a large rainwater tank under your downspout, you can collect a considerable amount of rainwater to help with gardening throughout long dry periods without using tap water. If space is an issue, install two smaller tanks. For more convenience, rainwater tanks that are sold in stores come with an incorporated spigot to connect a hose so you can water the plants with no extra effort.
- To do the laundry: Another use you can give rainwater is to wash clothes. Since washing machines can use an excessive amount of water per load, you save a large amount of water by connecting the washing machine to the rainwater tank. Most households usually do 5 to 6 loads a week, so it is very useful to save rainwater for this purpose.
- To flush the toilet: Toilets use up to 12 liters of water per flush, and an average person uses 30 liters of water per day, which is 210 liters a week. So, to save water, it is a good idea to connect your toilet to the rainwater tank. What if the water level of the tank gets very low? Just keep the toilet connected to the water diversion from the water main, too, so you can use it whenever you want. By the time there is little water left in the rainwater tank, you will have saved plenty of tap water.
Other benefits that result from harvesting rainwater is the reduction of storm water runoff that goes into the sewer system. If there is excess water runoff during storms, it could lead to the discharge of raw sewage into waterways. However, that excess water runoff could be collected into your tank or barrel.
As you can see, collecting rainwater and using it for your home is a practical way to become environmentally friendly. It is important to remember that preservation of water is a big issue nowadays, that's why Rain Gutters Solution recommends to benefit as much as possible from rainwater.
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