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Rain barrels for sale

The York Energy Efficiency Committee is again offering rain barrels for sale at a real savings. This year’s price is $75 for interested area residents — a 40% discount from the usual retail price $125. This great price is available because we order in quantity from SkyJuice New England and have a central pick-up point. It’s an opportunity to protect the environment and to support a local York business. Rain barrels save water, helping to decrease storm water runoff and to recharge our groundwater. And your garden will thrive!

Rain barrels collect rainwater from your roof either where it streams off your roof or from your downspout. ¼ inch of rain on a 1,000 square foot roof will fill two 60-gallon rain barrels! Connect a drip irrigation, soaker or garden hose or water with a watering can. Your garden and house plants will love this naturally soft water. Think of the savings: less summer usage of town water and conservation of your well water.

You become part of the local watershed by releasing rainwater from the rain barrels into your gardens to slowly soak into the soil. This decreases storm water runoff and helps recharge our local groundwater. March has been an unkind reminder of what storm water runoff can do to our wonderful community. Be part of the solution!

The York Energy and Efficiency Committee will be holding the second annual York Energy, Climate and Sustainability Fair on May 1st at the York Middle School. The Committee will organize a bulk delivery to be made that day – 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the school. For more information on the Fair visit http://yorkgoesgreen.org/york-energy-and-climate-day/. Last year’s fair was a wonderful event and we expect this year to be bigger and better! Mark it down on your calendar and tell everyone you know!

Dorothy Healy is the coordinator of the sale for the York Energy Efficiency Committee. Email Dorothy.healy@gmail.com for more information or use the attached 2010-Rain-Barrel-Order-Form (PDF).

Next steps: Order your rain barrel(s), pick up on May 1st and enjoy the Fair to learn more about what you can do to meet the challenges facing us in energy conservation and climate change.

What better way to spend a Saturday morning in the spring? Buy a rain barrel, learn more about water harvesting and drip irrigation for your gardens. Be part of the solution!

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