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Faulty Toilet Flappers Leak a Lot of Water - here's how to replace them

Faulty toilet flappers are the leading cause of leaking or running toilets, here's how to fix them

Faulty toilet flappers leak a lot of water down the pan – they provide the seal for the flush valve and control the volume of water released to the bowl. The good news is they're a pretty easy DIY fix once you know how... Read on. Why fix a leaky toilet flapper? Another of the jobs that sat on my Honey-Do-List for…

How to Fix a Leaky or Dripping Faucet Easily

How to fix a Leaky Faucet for under $1 (and stop that tap dripping!)

Leaky faucets or dripping taps are a pain, which is why we decided to show a step by step guide of how easy it is to fix a dripping bathroom faucet or kitchen faucet for under a dollar - including if they are leaking from around the tap handles or tops. Why fix leaky faucets? One of the jobs that sat on my…

DIY Bidet Installation Video - Save on Water & Paper

DIY Bidet installation video

More and more people are installing bidets at home, so Ecohome took a look... does the idea of a jet of water blasting your nether regions seem a hard leap to make at first? Well, the times they are a changin’. Should we consider adding a bidet? Although quite popular in Africa, Asia and Europe, the bidet has been…

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

Are low-flow shower heads worth the money?

We all like money saving ideas for the home to keep our bills and energy use to a minimum, one of those ideas is low-flow shower heads. Are low flow shower heads worth it? So, let's start with this somewhat shocking reality -  North Americans will on average use over 1.4 million litres of water per year, or about 4…

Water efficient Boulevard FloWise toilet from American Standard

Efficient toilets for LEED homes

The three considerations of a toilet are water efficiency, performance and aesthetics. Toilets usually account for about a third of the indoor water use in a home, so toilets that carry the EPA WaterSense® label are a great place to start looking. Then comes the choice of either single flush or dual flush- it's a…

Grey water and heat recovery shower

EcoVéa: recycled and cleaned shower water

This Quebec made closed-loop water and heat recovery system makes showering ultra efficient. After recently posting a story sharing the brilliance that is the Swedish Orbsys water and heat recycling shower, it was brought to our attention that there is a homegrown Canadian variety as well. The EcoVéa shower by…

Water efficient bathroom fixtures

Plumbing & water

Water efficient toilets, compact plumbing design, low-flow fixtures, grey water recovery and rainwater harvesting. There are lots of ways to save water in a home. Home water consumption in Canada: On average, Canadians use over 300 litres of water per person, per day. Compare this to consumption in the UK of 200…

Grey Water Recycling Never Looked Better

Greywater recycling never looked better

Jang Wooseok designed the Eco Bath grey water recycling system to address water conservation in washrooms. Mission accomplished, and elegantly so. The Eco Bath concept is simple: use the waste water from the sink to flush the adjoining toilet. The execution is nothing less than stylish. Though compact, the Eco…

When should you replace windows

When should you replace old windows?

Replacing old windows in all but the most extreme cases will not save money in your lifetime. Repairing old windows or adding layers may be a more cost-effective solution. Windows, Replace or Repair? We often get asked if it is a good idea to replace old windows with new and better performing windows to save money…

Slate tile installation in bathrooom

Slate Tile installation - video

Slate tiles for finishing bathroom counter, floors and shower stalls. We have finished the bathroom counter, floors and shower stalls with a dark slate tile from Glendyne. Slate is a natural stone, so its surfaces have more character and inconsistencies in texture - and at times in thickness - than manufactured…

Kitchen and Bathroom design tips

Design ideas for durable kitchens and bathrooms

Kitchen and bathroom design can have a significant impact on your energy and water consumption, as well as the durability and air quality of your home. Water and moisture wreak havoc on homes, affecting function, durability and our health. Given that kitchens and bathrooms are the main source of humidity, we need to…

News

Water Efficiency News - Trump showerhead laws reversed by Biden

Trump shower head rules reversed by Biden - Water Efficiency is Back !

Water efficiency is the smart use of our water resources through water-saving technologies and simple steps we can all take to Green up our homes. Using water efficiently will help ensure reliable water supplies today and for future generations. We were pleased to hear this week that the Department of Energy in the…

Efficiency Capital Achieves Canada's First IREE Certification

Efficiency Capital Achieves Canada's First Retrofit IREE Certification

Toronto's Woodgreen Project leads the way for energy retrofits in affordable Green housing in achieving the Investor Ready Energy Efficiency (IREE) certification. Efficiency Capital’s energy efficiency retrofit project across several WoodGreen Community Housing buildings is the first project in Canada to achieve the…

GOOGLE MAPS update - prioritizes ECO-Friendly ROUTES & Bikes

Google Maps updated to show most eco friendly and fuel efficient routes first

Google maps has now been updated to show the most eco friendly route to drivers, as well as adding additional information for bike routes, it's an interesting application of technology. Google just announced that effective immediately, the Google Maps app will feature the most eco-friendly routes for iOS and Android…

BC Energy Step Code - Building Sustainable Homes in Canada

BC Leads the way in energy efficient housing and green job creation though the BC Energy Step Code

BC Energy Step Code - A step in the right direction for Sustainable home building in Canada. This step follows in the path of Vancouver’s Greenest City 2020 initiative, which began in 2009, with the Greenest City Action Team masterminded & co-chaired by Gregor Robertson, at that time Mayor of Vancouver, and David R…