Rainwater harvesting is a brilliant “green” solution for your home. Aside from anything else, rainwater is free – it just falls from the sky and lets face it in the UK there is not usually a shortage for most of the year.
With people looking to save money and put less of a strain on the Earth’s natural resources, re-using water wherever possible is a very sensible and viable solution. After all, we don’t need to use quality drinking water to flush the toilet or water the garden!
Rainwater harvesting is amazing. Where viable you can have a tank fitted underground and all the water caught in gutters and water butts can be directed into a large underground tank. The tank stores the water, cleans it and then pumps it into your house for use on sanitation, watering the garden and so on.
For a rainwater harvesting system anyone can install in their garden, you need a water butt. A water butt can be connected to a downpipe so that it collects rainwater from your gutters. If you are using a downpipe, you will also need an overflow pipe or a rain diverter to redirect water into the butt. Once it’s full, water flows down the drainpipe, into the tank for storage, which you can then use to water you card or even clean your car.
The Sustainability Code encourages rainwater harvesting which can be of huge benefit when selling your house now that this kind of information is included in Home Information Packs. Green solutions such as rainwater harvesting and solar panels can even help with getting planning permission so are well worth considering for new builds.