Rain barrel / Guides

Rain barrels for storm water management and rainwater harvesting
Rainwater Collection & Watering

Introduction to rainwater harvesting

...rain barrels should should come with an overflow tube or at least a whole where one can be installed. This enables connecting multiple barrels together for additional storage to ensure you can capture as much as you wish (see image below right). Multipe rain barrel system © Ecohome Rain barr...

Urban farming

Urban Farming turns beautiful gardens into a grocery store!

...Rainwater collection barrel © Ecohome You can install elaborate rainwater collection systems with underground cisterns and pumps, or you can simply have your eaves trough drain right into a barrel. Rain barrels can easily be found with taps on the bottom and a screen on top to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. A ...

Water efficient bathroom fixtures
Plumbing and water heaters

Plumbing & water

...rain barrel with a tap on the bottom for attaching a hose. They come with overflow openings at the top so several barrels can be strung together for a much greater storage capacity. And if you are at all handy and looking to set up a series of barrels, you can probably save a few bucks by buying barrels without taps,...

Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

A Toronto Off-grid home 20 years later; how did it fare?

...rainwater, the concrete tank along with the required network of pipes and filters to render water potable represents increased resource consumption, complication and cost compared to the more simplistic approach involving water conservation, collecting rain in a barrel for your garden, and hooking up to the city water ...

Earthship in Taos, New Mexico, shame they don't work in cold climates
Concept and design

Do Earthships work in cold climates?

...rainwater that falls on your roof, all that takes is a rain barrel, and an outdoor garden to make great use of it. 5. House Dimension: The shape of an Earthship is typically very narrow and very long. This is by no means an optimal shape for material conservation or energy conservation. Example - a 25 foot de...

Tips for Urban Gardening and Gardening in Small Spaces
Food production

Grow food at home: 8 great tips for growing food in small spaces

...rainers are great for kitchen herbs, reclaimed vintage boxes will add flair to your vegetative stylings and even upcycled plastic totes can make great planters if you're more concerned with utility than style. You are limited only by your imagination and preferences. You'll want to remember to allow for drainage, so if...

“The perfect lawn” comes with a very heavy environmental cost!

Which are the best bee-friendly & Eco-friendly alternatives to grass lawns in backyards?

...rainwater harvesting: Rainwater harvesting is a great way to keep your lawn green Or even better - grow vegetables without using municipal water. This is easily done by installing rain barrels under downspouts to collect rainwater for lawn and garden watering where allowed. Avoid using a garden hose whenever possib...