Can you believe that we’ve been celebrating Earth Day for 40 years? I remember the first one, so I guess that dates me!
Anyway, while reading my Mid American Energy bill last month, I picked up an easy tip to help save water — and thus save energy, which in turns helps preserve our beautiful planet. Did you realize that a leaky toilet can waste up to 7,000 gallons of water a month? I didn’t. Plus, this is so easy! All you do is just put a little food coloring (about a teaspoon) in the tank part of your toilet — then check it about 15 minutes later. If you then find colored water in the the bowl, you have a slow leak! (Remember to flush it a few times afterwards, so you don’t end up with any permanent stains.)
I didn’t have any reason to suspect that any of our loos were leaky, but apparently, one was — the fancy one (a so-called “quiet flush” in the powder room). So now I just needed to replace the flapper valve. And I found out how to do it myself at this website: www.doityourself.com/stry/replacetoilettank
One small leak stopped — one very small step closer to a healthier earth. What small step can you take? Share your solutions with us and help others to help save our planet, too.