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An easy way to conserve water and money is by using a rain barrel. During summer months, a rain barrel can save up to 1,300 gallons of water. That's a lot of free water! When choosing a rain barrel it's good to keep in mind that UV rays have a harder time penetrating dark colors like dark greens, browns, greys, and blues. These colors are best for large rain barrels because they won't easily support the growth of algae.
Level Surface: Safety first! A flat, level surface for placement of your water barrel is key. A full rain water barrel can weigh in excess of 300 lbs. - you don't want the rain water barrel to tip.
Downspout: Once you position your rain barrel, you will need to remove a section of your gutter downspout to redirect water into your barrel.
Overflow Water: Make sure the overflow valve or pipe in your water barrel is positioned or pointed away from your home's foundation.
Winter Storage: Empty or drain your rain barrel, remove spigot, run-off hose, and drain plug before storing for the winter. When possible store your barrel in a protected/indoor area but if the rain barrel must remain outside turn it upside down and secure it to prevent animal intrusion or water accumulation which can freeze, expand, and potentially crack the barrel wall.
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