A rainy day can be a bummer, so you stay inside and deprive yourself of the vitamin D you crave. But rainy days also have positive aspects, and one of them is the ability to collect rainwater, which can be used in different ways around your home. This not only saves money, it is a great way to reduce your water intake, do something good for the planet. Check out some of these innovative ways to productively recycle rainwater around your home after a humid day.
If you want to reuse rainwater around your home, you must first collect it. This can be done in simple ways, for example through buckets placed strategically externally, or it can be a more in-depth process. With a small pipe work you can set up a complicated rainforest system that connects you to your gutters and presents a variety of rainwater that can be filtered, cleaned and led into the water system of your home.
It is important to think about which path you want to combine with rainwater, and if you will have use for any non-filtered rainwater, which is not normally safe for consumption. In addition, it is important to look at the laws in your area around this exercise, as they differ from place to place.
Water plants and gardens
The water you collect on a rainy day is a perfect temporary replacement for your garden hose. Take up the water and pour it into a watercourse, or hook up a hose to your water system if it has enough pressure to push out the water. When the soil dries out again, use your splash of rain to give your plants a good drink.
Setting up a composting system on your home is another effective way to help the planet and save money and rainwater can make this process even more earth-friendly! Water plays an important role in the decay, so your compost pile is another good place to save on stirred water by replacing rainwater.
If you love to support wildlife in your area, consider things like  bird baths troughs or other containers to collect rainwater and give animals around your yard a place to enjoy a drink and take a laundry. Animals will appreciate the gesture, and you will love observing all the wilderness that attracts to your outdoor space.
Even if you use dirty rainwater, it is a great way to save water and rinse vegetables that you harvest directly from your garden. This is especially good for root vegetables, which tend to be particularly dirty. Place your collected rainwater in a large bucket and then release vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, beets or other varieties into it, mixing the contents around to remove the soil on your harvested items.
Washing your car can take a lot of utility water, drive up your bill and create very wasted H2O. Use untreated rainwater the next time you want to dig up your vehicle. This water is also perfect for washing garden tools, lawn mowers, your driveway or even the sides of your home.
Handy Fire Protection
Especially if you have a fire pit outside, you may want to keep rainwater on hand in case of an emergency. A bucket of rainwater can quickly end a fire that can become a big threat.
Outdoor Water Features
If you have ponds or fountains around your home, use filtered rainwater to supply these features with the flow they need.
How do you use your stored rainwater? Leave us a comment below, or write about your system in our Project section!