Owning and maintaining an eco-friendly home has long since stopped being considered a fad, or a passing trend. As dangers to our resources and everyday living environment become all the more present and poignant, an increasing number of homeowners are turning to alternative solutions to rendering their homes ‘greener’. There are many tested and true ways to implement such beneficial changes, and one of the more popular is having a rain water collection tank installed. Current technologies allow for such tanks to be put in underground, thereby not unnecessarily taking up space in your backyard. You will be able to continue caring for your plants in the garden, while also actively contributing to the effort against the depletion of exhaustible resources. If you’re considering such a change, here are five ways in which your home will benefit from your move for improvement.
First and foremost, you will be reducing your carbon footprint by a large margin. Research shows that most domestic waste occurs in terms of water consumption. Toilets that flush unnecessarily large amounts of water, piping systems that are faultily insulated and the simple matter of domestic water consumption all contribute to this problem. By having a rain water tank installed you will be minimizing these issues, since rain water can be cleaned for indoor non-drinkable use.
It goes without saying that by using a resource that occasionally (and quite literally) falls from the sky for free, you will be substantially reducing your water bills. Rain water can be used for several types of purposes, from watering your garden to drinking water at home. Naturally, rain water is also available for industrial use, with washing your car a potential analogy for use at home. Rain water tanks are, indeed, an investment, but they are one that goes a long way where cutting costs is concerned. And no one is that well off to refuse the promise of lower bills, are they?
With rain water collection tanks, you, the homeowner can exercise a substantially increased amount of control over how much water is used inside your home. By monitoring inbound and outgoing water levels you will be able to keep an eye out on costs, too. Tanks do require maintenance, but this maintenance is substantially cheaper overall than what you’re now paying on your water bills. At the same time, tank users are relatively independent and autonomous, since they are never as heavily affected by outages or issues with the domestic water relay system.
Water collection systems are flexible in design. Don’t think that the word ‘tank’ automatically implies a single type of technical or engineering solution. You can opt for any dimension that best suits your domestic needs, as well as any pipe configuration. The overall design of your home and yard will be only minimally affected if you opt for this sustainable solution.
Fervent gardeners are well aware of the costs of irrigation. If you are among them and are constantly concerned with ways to save on the water your plants, lawn and flowers require, then there is no better solution than collecting rain water. It is substance-free and therefore much safer for your garden than water coming in through the public piping system anyway.
Any Thompson, a home improvement enthusiast writes on Sydney Water Tanks. Her main area of interest, research and writing is building greener homes and a healthier world.