During the winter while I was in Singapore on academic exchange, knowing that I would be living back in Toronto for the summer, I made a list of some sustainable initiatives I wanted to introduce into my life. This included brewing my own beer, gardening vegetables (which I am in the process of doing right now), making a bike that converts kinetic energy into electric charge, and setting up rain barrels in my backyard. Since my family is on board with being more environmentally friendly they approved of all of the ideas since it all crosses over with me using their home (I am staying at home because I am a starving university student). One of these projects have already been implemented, and if you didn’t catch the title of this article it rhymes with bain rarrels.
Last week I installed 2 rain barrels at different points on my parent’s property, one in the backyard and one in the front yard. These rain barrels are meant to capture rain that runs off of my parent’s roof, which can be used to water plants when there are points in time when the rain is shy. This is a very simple idea, and was one that saw both rain barrels installed in no time at all.
You might be wondering a few things right now, the first would probably be, “where did he buy the rain barrels from?”. The answer is that I ordered them from rainbarrel.ca, which is a website where you can order everything that has to do with rain barrels. The best part of this organization is that they use non-profit partner organizations to sell their products to people at what they call “Truckload Sales”. For each rain barrel product sold at these truckload sales, a portion of the sale goes to the organization that hosts the sale (usually $10 or more per rain barrel). Talk about fulfilling the triple bottom line!
Another important point about these rain barrels is that you will need to buy diverters (shown in the pictures) to attach to the downspouts on your home/garage. These allow the water to go into your rain barrel instead of going through its normal route through the downspout.
The best part comes last, because for 2 rain barrels and 2 diverters I only paid $160, and with some of that money going to a deserving non-profit organization in my community, I think that everyone needs to buy a rain barrel for their home. Comment and share if you agree!
About the Author
Business Development, BVM Contracting
A graduate of chemical engineering from Queen's University, Ryan has spent many summers working with BVM Contracting in various roles and projects. This experience has provided him with a unique view on the residential construction industry which he loves sharing with you!