Review of Home Repair That Pays Off

Next book that I will review is Home Repair That Pays Off written by Hector Seda.

The book gives you "150 Simple ways to add value without breaking your budget".  I will let you preview a short section of the book where it gives tips to help you save money on water in your home:

"With the cost of housing, the steady rise of gas, electric, water, and taxes, conservation is something you should get in step with.  Here are some ways to save water in your home:

1. Make your own water-saver toilet. If you do not want to spend your money on a new water-saver toilet, this device will reduce the amount of water the toilet uses by up to 25 percent. Simply place a plastic bottle filled with water in the tank. Choose a bottle size that allows the toilet to function properly an d that does not interfere with the flushing mechanism. Never use anything that may have fragments that break off and could possibly harm your plumbing. Be sure that at least 3 gallon of water remain in the tank for it to flush properly.

2. Do not use your toilet as a garbage can. Each time you flush you can use up to five gallons of water. Using the toilet to flush something unnecessarily is a waste of water.

3. Try using low-flow, water-saving shower heads. These can reduce the amount of water flowing through your shower by up to 50 percent, but increases it's velocity so that you rarely notice the difference. This also saves hot water and may help you to avoid buying a larger hot water heater.

4. Limit the amount of time you spend in the shower. A five minute shower can use up to fifty gallons of water. Instead of standing in the shower for fifteen to twenty minutes, make it quick and save a lot of money on energy and water.

5. Use faucet aerators. These can restrict the amount of water going through your faucet by up to 50 percent. They add air bubbles so the flow of water appears the same. These should be installed on all indoor faucets, not just the ones in your bathroom.

6. Check for toilet leaks. A toilet leak can waste hundreds of gallons of water each day. To see if your toilet leaks, put a few drops of food coloring in the tank. So no flush. Wait a few minutes to see if the color shows up in the bowl. If color appears, check the flush arm mechanism in the tank to see if the chain attached to the arm is tangled. If the flush mechanism appears to be in proper condition, you may have to replace the flap valve at the bottom of the tank even though the valve may appear to be in good condition. If your tank is overflowing, adjust the water level control mechanism until the water level is at least one-half inch below the overflow level.

7. Turn off the faucet while you are showering or brushing your teeth.

8. Repair leaky faucets. Worn-out washers and toilet tank valves account for up to 10 percent of all indoor residential water use. Leaky faucets can waste 15 to 20 gallons or more per day. This can equal 6,000 gallons of water per year. Repairing a leaky faucet is inexpensive and easy to do.

9. Using short-cycle options on your dishwasher and clothes washer are less water-efficient than running full loads.

10. Use a dishwasher to clean your dishes. This will save you more water than hand washing your dishes."

There you have it, 10 tips to save on home water.  For even more tip, go and pick up the book, it is packed full of money saving gems.