A gift that keeps on giving - Rainbarrels
TLC is excited to offer rainbarrels and tumbling composters in time for holiday gift-giving. Imagine the gift recipient's surprise and delight when she sees her rainbarrel! Prices start at $69. Order today to pick up by December 21st.
Rainbarrels are made from food-grade polyethylene shipping containers, and are available in blue, black, terra cotta and grey.
Oak rain barrels (made from recycled whiskey barrels) are also available, as are black tumbling composters.
Many kitchen scraps as well as garden waste are easily composted. The benefit of the tumbler as opposed to a traditional compost pile is that you will get finished compost much quicker. Here is a link to a table that lists items to use and to avoid when composting at home.
Please follow this link to the order page to choose your rainbarrels and/or composter today.
Diverting water from your downspout into a rainbarrel has several advantages:
- Reduces the volume of water flowing to nearby stormsewers
- Helps to reduce neighborhood flooding from excess stormwater run-off
- Provides a backup source of water during times of drought or between rain showers
- Helps to keep our creeks and beaches clean
- Rainwater is naturally softened water - great for delicate houseplants, auto cleaning and window washing
- Saves money by lowering your water bill - if you live in town, you are paying for each gallon of tap water you use.
- Chlorine-free water helps maintain a healthy biotic community in the soil
Residential watering can account for 40% of water use in a given municipality. Rain barrels not only store water, they help decrease demand during the sweltering summer months. Only 1/4 inch of rainfall runoff from the average roof will completely fill the typical barrel. Collection of water from rooftop runoff can provide an ample supply of this free "soft water" containing no chlorine, lime or calcium. Because it tends to have fewer sediments and dissolved salts than municipal water, rain water is ideal for many applications, including biodynamic and organic vegetable gardens, raised planter beds for botanicals, indoor tropical plants like ferns and orchids, automobile washing, and cleaning household windows.
Saving water in this manner will reduce you demand for treated tap water, and save money by lowering your monthly bill. Rain water diversion also helps decrease the burden on municipal drainage systems during storms. The storage of rain water is also recommended for general emergency preparedness, or for areas prone to disasters or drought.
If you want to figure out how much water to expect from a rainstorm, remember this formula: 1 inch of rain on a 1,000 sq ft roof yields 623 gallons of water.