Home Water Savings Tip #461 – Inside – Scrape All Paint Off Paint Brushes Before Cleaning

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 461, Scrape Paint Off Paint Brushes Before Cleaning. For me painting is not fun. Yet, whether you like or dislike painting once you do you will need to clean the paint out of the brushes. You can simply place them under a faucet of running warm water. Or, you can first … [Read more...]

Home Water Savings Tip #460 – Inside – Listen For Running Toilets To Repair

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 460, Listen For Running Toilets To Repair . How do you know if one of your home's toilets is leaking inside? One way is simply to listen. Every so often poke your head into each of your bathrooms and quietly listen. If you hear any water like sounds, you have discovered … [Read more...]

Home Water Savings Tip #456 – Inside – Install Toilet Tank Bladder

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 456, Install Bladder Inside Toilet Tank. This is for the same reason as the earlier tip on placing a brick inside the toilet tank or the other tip about simply adjusting the water level inside. The goal is to reduce the amount of water in the tank what will be used to … [Read more...]

Home Water Savings Tip #455 – Inside – Install Low Flow Toilets

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 455, Install Low Flow Toilets. Absolutely! No question. Low flow toilets are designed to need less water to properly flush. It will save you a lot of clean water and money at the same time. Get one. Many municipalities offer rebate programs from time to time. Get one … [Read more...]

Home Water Savings Tip #439 – Inside – Turn Off Main Water Shutoff When Away On Vacation

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 439, Turn Main Tap Off When Away on Vacation. Interesting idea. Even when you are away, a minute amount of water is consumed by the hot water tank (if you have one), the toilets, etc. as water evaporates as well as any unknown water leaks. This also prevents against … [Read more...]

Home Water Savings Tip #418 – Inside – Don’t Use Toilets As A Waste Basket

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 418, Don’t Use Toilets As Waste Basket. Absolutely, that is what waste baskets are for. Every time you flush the toilet just to get rid of something that could go in the waste basket you are literally flushing money (and a scarce resource) down the drain. This is true … [Read more...]

More Water Saving Tips Inside The Home

A few days ago we published the ten new additions to our Free Energy & Water Savings Guide which focused on reducing the amount of clean water used outside the home. Today, we would like to provide you with some of the contributions to the Guide made by our site's visitors in our first contest of 2010 relating to reducing clean water usage inside the home which were not previously included in the collection of money waving energy and water conservation ideas. 460, Wash Dishes in Basin … [Read more...]

Toto 6.0 Litre Power Flush Toilet Leak

Toto Power Flush 6.0L Toilet

OK. I thought we were finished writing about our toilets for a while once we fixed, for the second time, our American Standard low flow toilet leak earlier this summer. I was wrong. When we were undergoing the major renovations to our now 22 year old bungalow back in 2007, we decided to go with a Toto 6.0L Power Flush toilet for our special needs daughters' bathroom and not the American Standard low flow toilets we put in our master bedroom en suite and in the main floor … [Read more...]

Exterior Toilet Leak – Part 3 – The Solution – Closet Flange Extension Kit

Toilet Seal Package

In Part 2, Bennett showed us the cause of the exterior toilet leak, that being insufficient seal between the toilet and the drain. So, what's the solution? First, Bennett's approach is to not reuse the Wax Bowl Ring. So he purchased a new one from Waterline whose packaging box is shown in the picture below. Second, he purchased the closet flange extension kit pictured below. These come two to a pack, one 1/2 inch high and the second 1/4 inch high. So, Bennett proceeded to … [Read more...]

Exterior Toilet Leak – Part 2 – Improper Toilet Installation

En Suite Toilet Improper Installation

In Part 1 we told you how we came across the leak from our en suite toilet onto the basement ceiling tile. So, to discover what was causing the leak, Bennett went upstairs into the en suite and removed the toilet (after first, of course, turning off the water to the toilet and then flushing the water out). Here is what he found. The toilet had not been properly installed in his opinion. Let me explain what he explained to me. In the above picture you see that dark brown circle … [Read more...]

Exterior Toilet Leak – Part 1 – Will The Madness Never End?

Stained Ceiling Tile

Two weeks ago we wrote about a leak that we had within our less than 1 year old toilet. Well, we are back again. This time it is a completely different leak How did I find it? Well, on the weekend I was about to make a trip to my local hardware / building materials supply store to purchase more ceiling tiles as I had run out replacing all of the basement ceiling tiles that been damaged by the water leaking from the en suite shower which was installed less than a year ago in our major … [Read more...]

Toilet Height

Original Toilet

If you are like many folks, the only attention you give when trying to decide which new toilet to purchase for your home is: Colour Low-Flow Water Conserving Non-Sweating One-Piece or Two I would suggest to you that you also start to consider height. Yes, height. When we renovated the bathrooms in our home last summer / autumn, we focused on all of the above. When it came to height we really didn't think that it would make a difference. Bruce, our primary contractor during our … [Read more...]

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