Reading this post could save you a considerable amount of cash. It’s true! In about the time it takes you to glance through these three quick tips, you can actually perform these actions and reduce your water bill.
Take the leaky toilet test
We’ve seen it explained many ways, but this breakdown from the City of Calgary is crystal clear:
- Drop: Put several drops of food colouring into the toilet tank and wait 20 minutes.
- Peek: Look in the bowl. If the water changes colour, you’ve got a leak.
- Repair: If the water changes, your toilet is leaking and needs repair
- Save: Congratulations! By repairing just one toilet, you could save $100.
Toilets can be fairly easy to repair, so ask for tips at your home hardware store or look online before you call a plumber.
Recycle a water bottle – in your toilet tank
Is your toilet larger than 6 litres (1.3 gallons)? If so, you’re using a lot of water every time you flush. An easy way to use less is to fill a plastic water bottle and sink it in your toilet tank. It will displace excess water and voila: decreased water bill.
Only use your toilet for its real purpose
Finally, here is a DON’T. Please don’t use your toilet as a trash can for toiletry waste such as tissues, cotton swabs, face wipes … it may be convenient, it may be tempting, but those items can cause expensive problems for your plumbing – and your city’s sewage treatment plant. If you’re flushing each time you drop something in, you’re also wasting water.
Economically – and environmentally – these things make great sense. Don’t flush your money down the toilet!