How to Collect Rainwater
Cost: Medium ($100 to $500)
Green Impact: 5 out of 5
Forty percent of a typical U.S. household's summer water consumption goes toward tending the lawn and garden, according to the EPA.
Catching and using rainwater by placing a rain barrel beneath your gutter downspouts can save an average of 1,300 gallons during this season and reduces stormwater runoff.
This Casata barrel ($199, homedepot.com) holds up to 65 gallons and has a planter on top and a garden hose hook-up on the bottom.