Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Install water barrels in California and get rebates that pay the entire cost!

We are expecting a very wet winter this year in Southern California and it would be a shame to let all that free water go down the drain. Here's all the info you need to install and apply for the rebates on rain barrels:

Where to buy:

http://www.hayneedle.com/product/rainwizard50gallonrainbarrelurn.cfm

Note that the prices vary quite a bit depending on what color barrel you choose. The barrel comes with a hose bib (spigot) on the front so you can use a hose with it. You'll note from the picture that I have placed the barrel on some blocks to elevate it so that I can also fill a watering can from the spigot.

https://www.gutterworks.com/shop-online/2x3-offset-diverter

The offset diverter allows you to control whether the water goes into the barrel or into the downspout. It's not a necessity, but it's best if you don't allow the first water that comes off your roof when it starts raining to go into the barrel.


 
 


I bought the other downspout parts I needed at Home Depot

Rebate applications can be filed via email or snail mail. Be sure to read and follow all instructions, i.e you must take before and after pictures from 2 angles.



Note that these links are for rebates in the San Diego area. You'll need to do a search for rebates in your area.

http://socalwatersmart.com/?page_id=2973

$75 per barrel

http://www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/residentialoutdoor/resrainwaterharvesting.shtml

$1 per gallon for rain barrel