Do you want to make use of your rainwater?

Some parts of Australia get a lot of rain – and others very little – but no matter how often the heavens open up and pour down on your property, you might want to think about making use of the rainwater. 

After all, it's completely free, not to mention it's great for the environment as you can end up saving on the water you get from the tap or hose.

Why not implement a rainwater harvesting system around your home? Here's how. 

How to collect rainwater

The easiest way to collect rainwater around your property is to put buckets outside – but depending on the frequency of rainfall in your area, they might take a while to fill up.

If you want to be incredibly efficient, you can set up a barrel system below a gutter downspout. You'll get the most water runoff in this position. 

Grab a water barrel from a local hardware store or make one of these eco friendly products for yourself. They're essentially barrels with a hose line or tap at the bottom that can dispense the water once it's collected, but if you're not fussed about that, any old watering can or container will do. 

Use one or more around your property and voila! You'll be collecting plenty of rainwater in no time at all.

What to do with your rainwater

Once you've collected the water, you can use it around the home for things like gardening. Water your trees, bushes, flowers and pot plants on a dry day with all the water you've saved.  

The H2O you've collected in your rain barrels is also useful for cleaning things like outdoor furniture and windows. Get creative!

Hopefully thanks to your water harvesting system you'll see a slight dip in your water consumption, which is great for your bill and for the planet.