Author: Shawn McCulloch The entire green industry is progressively focusing more and more on environmentally friendly production and products. With increased incentives backed by government agencies as well as the general consensus that environmental stability needs to start now, more and more companies are developing new innovative products to adhere to this. In some ways it's a shame that the only way to cause change is through monetary incentive programs or the need to be trendy, the counter-argument is the need to put food on the table or fuel in the yacht or the increased cost of doing business. Whatever the case may be, positive change is good relating to the environment. Now this isn't stating change can only happen through big business, even the end consumer, can have a major impact. So you might be asking, where is my incentive program? The answer is, certain products can actually save you money, and this isn't just pocket change. Hundreds of dollars per year really adds up: take a minimal amount, $350 per year. You save that in a high interest savings account, 20 years down the road you have close to $10,000! Want to start saving money today? An excellent and reliable option is a rain barrel. So what is a rain barrel? Rain barrels are basically rain collectors that are placed at the base of your down spouts around your home. If you have ever noticed how much rain water pours out of these spouts during a sever rain storm, you can see the potential this product boasts. And the advantages are simple. During a storm these barrels fill up, when it comes time to water your grass again, you can attach your hose directly to the barrel. These rain barrels have the ability to hold a lot of water, most can hold 60-100 gallons! With this product you save in numerous ways: watering grass is expensive, you will notice a drastic decrease in your monthly water bill with the usage of this product. Grass replacement can be expensive and labor intensive, this products ensures your grass stays healthy and green. Lastly, having extensive water around the foundation of a home can be risky. Many of the down spouts found around homes, direct rain water into a pool, which then seeps into the ground and can potentially cause major problems with leaky basements and water damaged foundations. These rain barrels not only are very enviro-wise, they also have a very modern look which results in a very stylish piece of garden decor for your backyard or home landscape. Take the positive step towards environmental stability and make a rain barrel a part of your home! About the author: Shawn is a contributing writer for gardensupermart.com He has been writing articles for gardensupermart for 2 years and is a garden pond enthusiast who enjoys wildlife, sports, and travel.