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The summer heat has already been good to us so far this year, but with all this sun comes more water usage in the yard. If you're looking for a way to save money on water expenses, consider using a rainwater barrel at home. 

 

Install a rain barrel at every downspout. Rain barrels help slow the flow of water to the river during heavy rains and allow you to make use of a free, untreated source of water in your yard and garden. — Green Calgary

 

Rainwater barrels will save you a significant amount of money each season, and they work easily by collecting rainwater that can be reused to water your plants and grass. 

 

For each inch of rain that falls on 500 square feet of roof, you can collect 300 gallons of water. In most areas of North America, that means you can collect more than a thousand gallons of water a year. - Better Homes and Gardens 

Rain barrels can be placed under your downspout or simply at the side of your house. If you'd like to purchase one of these for your yard, stores like Green Calgary have them available, or you can learn to create your own online

 

Green Calgary also has a free guide available on their website that explains stormwater management, and more on the benefits of rain barrels. 

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