April showers bring May flowers... but this month brings showers for sure! The rainy season is nearing, but you can use the rain to your advantage with the use of a rain barrel. 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.