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Rain Water is Free!

Who doesn’t like getting something for free? I would much rather get something without spending money, especially something that costs a lot. Rain water is free, delivered to your home at no charge, ready to use. Watering a lawn and garden and hanging flower baskets each week during the hot summer months can be expensive and wasteful. If your water bill increases during the summer, consider doing a water bill audit. Take your water bills from the last two or three years, add up the increases in June, July and August, and compare them to the one-time cost of purchasing and installing a rain barrel with simple irrigation. Now reflect on that savings over the past ten or fifteen years, or however long you’ve been in your home, to see how much you could have in the bank today if you had been using a rain water collection and irrigation system from the beginning.