Home Energy Toolkit

These Home Energy Toolkits became available at the Edmonton Public Library in 2016. It was exciting to pick up such and elaborate kit of books and devices that help you make your home more energy efficient. Allan took a liking to it right away and is planning to insulate the hot water pipes. We charged up the infrared thermometer and walking around the house checking for cold spots and have already done the toilet leak test, and as a result of a slow leak we had suspected but ignored, we have ordered an efficient dual flush toilet. So many gadgets and books and videos are included in this heavy suitcase that 3 weeks on loan is not really long enough but it is extremely user friendly. It seems too good to be true that they would lend out such valuable gadgets. Here are some photos. Catherine says she will recommend this kit to the Toronto Public Library.

The Toilet Leak Test

Here is how to do the quick and simple Toilet Leak Test (Epcor Water):

  1. Remove the tank lid, then flush.
  2. After the flapper/tank ball drops and the tank refills, add several drops of dark food colouring.
  3. Wait at least 20 minutes without flushing. Look in the toilet bowl and if any trace of color appears you have a leak. I saw a leak immediately, so did not have to wait.

Conserving water is important on so many levels. Roughly 27% of water usage in a household is with flushing toilets. There are energy/resource cost savings in many ways, with the treatment of water, delivery of water, use of the water and drainage of water. By developing a sustainable relationship with water we can ensure the supply of clean water for future generations and for nature. This toolkit looks into detail of our water use on so many levels. For example it takes about 1850 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef, but only 295 gallons of water to create a soy burger.

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On Another Note…Today is Bell’s Let’s Talk Day

This wide-reaching, multi-year program is designated to break the silence around mental illness. Connecting with family and friends can lift spirits and is good for our health and well being. When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts. If you need support, call a friend or family member or help line. We are all here to listen. And, when our emails, texts, tweets, and Instagram messages include #BellLetsTAlk, then Bell will donate 5 cents per message towards this cause. Win Win. Have a great day!

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