I’m already reaping the benefits of [houseblogs.net]. One of the other families mentioned in the WSJ article referenced the story, so I decided to check their blog — Their tagline is “[Humphrey House](http://www.humphrey-house.com/) – Transforming an Arts and Crafts Bungalow into a Green Home for the Future”. (“Arts & Crafts” and “Green Home” are two major cool points right there!)
One of their recent posts is [Installing a Loopy Rain Barrel](http://tinyurl.com/346a64), which looks like an excellent project for our property. Our shop building will have about 1400 ft2 of catchment area, and it’s right next to the garden. (Unfortunately we won’t be able to take advantage of Chicago’s discounted rain barrels.) The [downspout diverter](http://tinyurl.com/32mrqh) is the slickest part of this system, and something that would be an absolute necessity in Sacramento–*lots* of rain in the winter (when we won’t need it for the garden), so once our barrel is full we’d need some automatic way to dump the excess.