Rain barrels are becoming more readily available at hardware and garden/farm supply stores. It will return your investment over time by lowered utility bills. We looked at this as an option, but decided instead to make our own and here’s why: store bought goods consume resources in their manufacture and to transport them to your local retail store. Why not repurpose local, previously manufactured materials to achieve the same goal? You’ll reduce irrigation, resource consumption, and transportation waste, as well as save perfectly good products from a landfill. As an additional benefit, this method is more cost effective than a store bought rain barrel. We’ll detail how you can make your own rain barrels and hopefully get as much satisfaction from them as we have.
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