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Next on the chopping block is water.

Luckily at this point in time, I don'T have to make much of a sacrifice to save money in this area, for I happen to have had a suspicious toilet.

Oh, yes, I've suspected this toilet of mine for some time now. It sure seemed to always sound like it was never satisfied with how much water was in its tank, but I never went so far as to check up on it.

On Sunday, I did.

First I confirmed that indeed my toilet doesn't hold its water very well. It's not broken; it's just that the toilet innards were designed rather poorly, so the stopper on the bottom of the tank doesn't stop the water flow completely. (I'll save you the details for now.)

Anyway, I then had to determine the rate at which the toilet was leaking, which I did by stopping the water supply and waiting for the toilet tank to empty. Unfortunately, I get engrossed in a book while I was waiting, so I forgot about the water for a while, but I do know this: an hour later, the toilet tank was empty. This means that I lose at least a tank worth of water every hour, probably more.

Next I had to figure out the volume of my tank, which I did in my newly dry toilet tank with a tape measure. I converted the units to meters (because the cost of water is calculated in cubic meters).

Then I got the price of water from my water bill and did my final calculations. It turns out that my runny toilet tank alone costs me at least 767 yen every two months. That's 4,602 yen a year, all wasted for nothing!

So I juryrigged a system that stops the water flow between flushes, but it's not perfect. Now I have to open the toilet every time I want to flush in order to get the water running again.

Hopefully I'll find a more permanent solution soon, but in the meantime, I'm looking forward to my next water bill to see how much it changes!


I admire your obsession to cut down wastes!

Yes, I used to have a leaky toilet in an apartment we lived previously, and the water bill changed dramatically when it was fixed. I don't remember exactly, but the water bill was cut down by around 30 to 40 percent by the fix. (We were a family of 4, 2 adults and 2 small kids who required laundry washing every day, sometime twice a day.)

Another big electric power guzzler in summer is the refrigerator, coming from constant door openings by 3 people (one now has her own apartment). It might not be a big issue for someone who lives alone, but the demand for power is very, very high because of it. I really need one of those energy-conserving, environment-friendly fridges... 😊
Man, trying to get a job on the Enterprise as the new Scotty or something? Just remember: always say it'll take longer than it will.

I look forward to hearing the results.
The stopper can be very easily replaced. You can just go to any "home-center" and buy the replacement kit.
@epigene: Wow, that's a lot of water! It's amazing how even a small leak can add up, isn't it?

My refrigerator probably doesn't cost much more in the summer for me than in the winter because no one ever uses it but me. I do remember when I was in college turning off my little refrigerator for a week saved me a lot of money, though!

@J44xm: Well, it'll take at least a year to figure out how things change, but I'll do my best! I'm giving it all she's got, captain!

@Ashikaga: Yeah, that's probably going to be my long-term solution, but first I have to work getting a replacement kit into my budget. Maybe I'll write about my budget next....

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