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.
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.
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.