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July 12th, 2011

Solar Powered Rain Barrel Pump

A couple of months ago I got a call from someone wondering if they could send me a solar powered rain barrel pump. And my immediate response was: Yep, send it on over. I was so excited. It hit all the right buttons. Renewable energy. Water conservation. Free. The fact that I didn’t have a rain barrel to test it in never entered my mind. All I knew was that soon I’d be pumping water with the power of the sun.

But after the solar pump was delivered to my house, it sat for a while. One thing led to another, and I never got around to setting up a rain barrel or the solar pump. The arrival of our newborn baby sort of shuffled my list of priorities. But finally this past weekend, I made it happen.

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I found a 55-gallon plastic drum to use as my rain barrel. I removed the old aluminum downspout and replaced it with a length of 4 inch flexible tubing, which I fed right into the top of the barrel.

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The RainPerfect solar powered rain barrel pump system was incredibly easy to install. It literally took me five minutes. It’s smart system—the solar panel charges a battery; the battery powers the pump. Pretty simple. Pretty cool.

Stay tuned for more about this awesome product. I haven’t really put it to the test yet. But early indications seem promising.

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