Most of us are starting to pay attention to how we use water, electricity, and also how much waste we produce. Being more environmentally conscious like this can come with many great benefits.
One of the most interesting and helpful things you can do at home when going green is to actually start harvesting rainwater. This can be especially helpful during seasons where it rains a lot, and it can come with a bunch of fantastic benefits that you might not even be aware of. So without further ado, here are a couple of ways that harvesting rainwater could help.
Improve the condition of your plants
Rainwater can actually be a great way to improve plant growth when used correctly. This is because rainwater is usually free of any man-made contaminants and it’s free from chlorination. This means that rainwater is a fantastic option for watering plants and gardening. You can save a considerable amount of money because you’re not only watering your plants, but you’re also preventing any nasty problems from occurring due to salt buildup in plants and soil.
However, do keep in mind that harvesting rainwater does require you to invest in and maintain your water tank. This can take a bit of time, especially if you’re not used to harvesting rainwater yet. There are plenty of guides available on the internet and it’s luckily not something you need to do all too often.
Rainwater can be used for most non-drinking purposes
Perhaps the best use for rainwater is for cleaning and washing. Most of the water that humans use is actually for non-drinking purposes. Even for drinking, a lot of people would prefer to drink bottled water because they’re not used to tap water.
This means that rainwater is fantastic for things such as cleaning clothes, washing pets, flushing water, and even washing yourself if the water is at least cleaned of any potential pollutants. Rainwater is considered soft water which means that it can actually be helpful when cleaning your clothes. It won’t cause your clothes to go stiff after washing and means you don’t need to use as much detergent or soap. It’s a great way to save money and go green at the same time!
It could help you save money
With all of these unique benefits, harvesting rainwater can ultimately help you lower your water bill. Since you’re using less water from your main supply, it means that you’re able to take full advantage of the water that comes naturally from the earth. While you can’t use it for all of the same things that you would use normal water for, it can still help with water-costly things such as gardening and cleaning.
So if you’re looking for a great way to go green, learning to harvest rainwater can be a great start. While it does take a bit of investment to buy a tank and maintain it, it can certainly help you save money.
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