Just thought I'd make a quick post on an item I saw in the paper yesterday. The MWRD of Chicago is offering inexpensive rain barrels to folks in the Chicagoland area. Just look under the "Public Interest" section of the website. It might be a little cold for some of us to be thinking about stuff for the outside of our homes but spring is just around the corner (I hope).
They help conserve on water usage in the garden and reduce the amount of stormwater runoff. I've already got a couple and may get one more for the other side of the house.