Cost: Medium ($100 to $500)

Commitment: Medium

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, holds up to 65 gallons and has a planter on top and a garden hose hook-up on the bottom.


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