With the recent introduction of water charges in Ireland, many homeowners are looking for alternative ways to reduce their consumption of water in order to keep their water bill as low as possible. There are many ways in which this can be achieved, for example, it can be through the careful monitoring of wastage, repairing any household leaks and just by being more careful in the everyday use of this precious resource.
Many homeowners have also turned to the concept of rainwater harvesting which is a method of collecting, storing and using rainwater as a source of household water. This concept is not new by any stretch, but it is only starting to gain popularity in recent times especially among people building new homes. Having said this, you can still gain the benefits of rainwater harvesting in your existing home with a retrofitted system so you don’t have to miss out! Outlined below are some of the reasons why you should be harvesting your rainwater.
1. Reduced Costs
As previously mentioned, harvesting your rainwater can dramatically reduce your water bills. Rainwater, by its very nature, is a free resource and is easily and widely available – a fact that is especially true in this country! By using less of the water that is metered, considerable savings are there to be made. While the installation of a rainwater harvesting system has a cost implication, the savings that are made will offset the initial outlay over the course of its lifetime.
Using rainwater to supplement your water supply will lessen the amount of water you take from the mains system. And as rainwater can be used for many non-drinking purposes such as flushing toilets, gardening, landscaping, laundry and washing cars, it makes sense to conserve water from the mains supply. By implementing this practice, you are saving a valuable commodity, reducing wastage and being more environmentally friendly.
3. Eliminates the problem of scale
One of the properties of rainwater is that it is ‘soft’, that is to say, it does not contain lime so it does not produce scale or corrosion. Although you may not think it, this will be of major benefit to you especially if you live in a hard water area. Residents that live in ‘hard’ water areas have to deal with many problems, one of which includes the dramatic reduction in the life span of their household appliances such as dishwashers, washing machines and kettles.
4. Greater independence
With a rainwater harvesting system, you can significantly reduce your dependence on the water mains network. This is especially beneficial in times of hot weather when water restrictions are in place and water supplies are falling. While this is not a regular occurrence in Ireland and something that we often have to deal with, it is still worth bearing in mind when considering the installation of a rainwater system.
Rainwater harvesting systems come in all shapes and sizes and there is something to suit every type of house or property. With the introduction of water charges, now is as good a time as any to consider all the options before you in terms of lessening your reliance on the water mains network and making the most out of the rainwater that falls for free!
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