Whether we like it or not, summer is almost over. The oppressive heat will soon give way to cooler temperatures, and the leaves will start to change color.
As we transition from summer to fall, now is the perfect time to start thinking about the rainy season and how we can use rainwater to our advantage.
Maryland is the only state in the US that collects tax revenue from rainwater, known as the “rain tax.” So, what exactly is the rain tax and how does it affect you?
Individuals and businesses have to pay an annual fee if their property is located in one of Maryland’s nine designated counties.
The fee is based on the amount of impervious surfaces on the property, such as roofs, driveways, and parking lots.
The nine counties which include Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George, and the city of Baltimore do not only have to pay the rain tax, but “local officials must determine and set the dollar amount their constituents will pay,” according to Forbes.
That being said, there are many ways to reduce your rainwater bill, and one way is by collecting rainwater.
Rainwater harvesting is the process of collecting and storing rainwater for later use. It is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to provide water for crops, livestock, and humans.
In recent years, rainwater harvesting has gained popularity as a way to reduce water bills and help the environment.
There are many benefits to rainwater harvesting, including:
1.Reducing the amount of storm water runoff
2.Reducing the strain on municipal water systems
3.Reducing the amount of water used for irrigation
4.Reducing the amount of pollution in waterways
5. Saving money on your water bill
How to Ensure You Are Collecting Rainwater Effectively
There are a few things you need to do to ensure you are collecting rainwater effectively. Many people think that they can just put a rain barrel under their downspout and call it good, but there is a little more to it than that.
Let’s take a look at what you need to do to get the most out of your rainwater harvesting system:
1. Gutter maintenance
Gutter maintenance is one of the most important aspects of rainwater harvesting. Leaves and other debris can clog gutters and downspouts, preventing water from being collected.
It is important to clean your gutters regularly to ensure that they are functioning properly. Your gutter system should be inspected at least once a year to ensure that it is in good condition.
Make sure to reach out to a professional gutter company, such as NedStevens, for gutter installation and maintenance.
2. Downspout placement
The downspouts on your home are the key to effective rainwater collection. The water should be directed to a rain barrel or cistern through a downspout.
It is important to place the rain barrel or cistern close to the downspout to reduce the amount of water lost through evaporation.
3. Overflow protection
It is important to have some form of overflow protection for your rainwater harvesting system. This can be in the form of an overflow pipe that directed excess water away from your home or a rain barrel with an overflow valve.
Overflow protection is important to prevent flooding and property damage.
With a little bit of effort, you can ensure that your rainwater harvesting system is functioning properly. These tips will help you get the most out of your system and save you money on your water bill.