Blog 10 Benefits of Rainwater Harvesting for Urban & Rural Homes May 4, 2015September 8, 2017Chelsea WelshBlog, Home & Garden, Uncategorized Rainwater harvesting is the practice of collecting and storing rainwater run-off from a roof or other surface for later use. The rain collects in gutters, travels down downspouts and is channeled into a barrel or other container for storage until needed. Thanks to better environmental awareness and the green building movement, rainwater harvesting systems are increasing in popularity in the United States. This is good timing, because the reality is that the water we need to run our households and businesses is in very short supply in many parts of the country. Rainwater harvesting just makes good sense. Benefits of Rainwater Collection When used in conjunction with a Gutter Helmet® gutter guard system that filters out leaves and debris, rainwater is clean and ready to use for any non-potable need. The water is free. Water is conserved, reducing the demand on local wells and municipal supplies. Your use of stored water cannot be restricted by your town or city. Rainwater harvesting can be an excellent back-up source of water in emergencies. Rainwater collection systems can be set up in urban, suburban or rural areas. Collection systems can be easily set up, expanded, reconfigured or relocated, when necessary. Unchlorinated rainwater is better for plants and gardens. Rainwater harvesting reduces stormwater runoff that can cause erosion and water pollution. Rainwater collection may solve drainage problems on your property. For every 1,000 square feet of surface area, you can expect to harvest around 600 gallons of water per inch of rain that falls. Get more details on calculating and planning for a rainwater harvesting system from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. For information about how to incorporate Gutter Helmet® gutter covers in your rainwater harvesting system, call 800-824-3772 for a free, no-obligation consultation. Before you know it, you’ll be saving money on your water bills while you help Mother Nature! About Chelsea Welsh National Marketing Manager for Gutter Helmet®, Chelsea Welsh, MBA, has been a part of the Gutter Helmet team for 7 years and in the home improvement industry for over 13 years. Chelsea is a recognized expert in internet marketing strategies for the home improvement industry. She holds an MBA degree with a Master's Degree in Marketing. She lives in Louisiana and enjoys spending time with her two sons, Christian and Noah. For more from Chelsea, visit the Gutter Helmet® blog.