Rainwater harvesting remains one of the most popular ideas for households that want to be more energy efficient. It can significantly reduce the water you use from the city water system, saving energy and reducing your monthly water bill. However, there are several things you should know before you embark on this endeavor.

1. Potential

It would help if you researched how much rainfall there is in your area to determine your harvesting potential. According to the Department of Energy, a collection factor is applied to the total monthly harvesting potential to account for system losses. Depending on how efficient your system is, you should use 75-90% of the rainwater harvested to rotate your supply continuously.

2. Mosquitos

Mosquitos tend to breed near water, making your rainwater harvesting system the perfect place for them to lay eggs. Rainwater harvesting may be energy efficient, but you'll have to spend more money if you don't plan for pests like mosquitoes. Keep your system covered anytime you can. Ensure you frequently check for problems and signs of pests, like mosquito eggs.

3. Contamination

Rainwater picks up particles as it rains down from the atmosphere above. This may make it unsafe to drink your rainwater. Many experts advise against watering plants directly with it. Instead, you should water the dirt around the plant. To make your rainwater harvesting system drinkable, you must invest in filtration devices and water plants to drink it safely. The majority of commercial businesses and residences, however, use this system for toilets, washing clothes, storm runoff management, and so on. This means depending on your uses, the need for filtered and treated water will change based on application intention.

4. Regulations

Checking local regulations before investing in a rainwater system is crucial. Although rainwater collection is energy efficient, some local municipalities have laws against collecting rainwater. This is common in small areas that depend on groundwater and well water for their water system. Double-check your local regulations before you start learning about how to harvest rainwater.

We specialize in various systems to help you become more energy efficient. Our rainwater systems can help you save energy and reduce the money you spend on water. Contact Miami Water Heater today to learn more!