A man walks down a street and gestures up at a power line.

[Narrator] Power lines carry an intense amount of voltage. Up to 8000 volts. That's a lot, and that makes power lines something you need to respect. You should never climb near or around a power line. But what about the very rare occasion when a power line falls to the ground? What do you do then? First get away. Don't touch the line or anything already touching the line. Even a person.

The man pulls his cell phone out of his pocket and dials.

[Narrator] Call 911 immediately and if there are others in the area.

A man walks toward the speaker who holds his arm out to keep him at bay.

[Narrator] Whoa! Warn them of the danger. Save money, save time, maybe even save a life. With more great videos like this one at bpu.com.

A man carrying a posthole digger stands in front of a house.

[Narrator] Here's a tip from BPU you're really gonna dig. Sorry, couldn't help myself. But it really is a helpful tip.

Man walks over to a tree in a temporary pot.

[Narrator] If you need to dig a hole, even just to plant a little tree, you need to make sure you're not going to hit any utility lines. You can cause an outage or much worse cause yourself or others serious harm. Not to mention potential fines and repair costs. Luckily there's a free way to know what's below. Kansas One Call. Just dial 811 a few days before you wanna dig and they'll come out and mark all your lines. You can call anytime, twenty-four seven. Or just go to kansasonecall.com. It's simple, it's free and it's the law. You dig? Sorry, I just can't help myself. Find more informative videos and less bad puns at bpu.com.

A man stands beside a bag of mulch.

[Narrator] It's gonna be a rainy one today. But how do you conserve water on those hot, sunny Kansas days? Here's a few simple tips. First, use mulch around your flower and plant beds.

A clip of hands spreading cedar mulch plays then switches back to the narrator.

[Narrator] It retains water, saving time and money. Plus, it looks great.

Cuts back to man standing beside a bag of mulch.

[Narrator] Next, water your lawn in the morning. It's not only cooler, so you lose less water to evaporation, but it's usually when you'll get less Kansas wind blowing your water bill up, up, and away.

Another pair of hands drops ice cubes in potted plants before returning to the narrator.

[Narrator] Finally, try dropping ice cubes in your hanging baskets, seriously. That way your plants get a nice, cool drink without losing a lot of water from overflow. Keep your cool this summer. Save water, time, and money. For more tips, check out all our videos at bpu.com.


A man pushes a hand-powered lawnmower over a patch of grass.

[Narrator] You know there are a lot of ways to save water and energy besides one of these Armstrong powered mowers. Watering the right way for instance. You see it's much better to water deeply once a week than it is to water a little every day. An inch should do it.

The scene shifts to a view of a yard with a sprinkler in it. Under the sprinkler are tuna cans almost full of water.

[Narrator] And here's a neat trick to find out just how long to water. Take an empty tuna can or two and put them in the path of your sprinkler. Time how long it takes for 'em to fill up and that's an inch.

The man comes back on screen, standing with his hand-powered lawnmower.

[Narrator] Now just water that long once a week. Also when you do mow, leave your grass at least three inches high and leave the clippings on the lawn. That helps with water usage. And to save money on your cooling bills, try planting shade trees or bushes near west-facing windows. You'll keep the sun at bay during the hottest times of the day. For more energy, water, and money saving tips, be sure to watch our other videos on bpu.com.

A man stands outside a shower holding up a gallon bucket.

[Narrator] Here's a bucket, and here's a challenge that doesn't involve pouring ice water on your head. It's the "is your showerhead costing you money challenge," and it's as easy as filling a bucket. Just grab a one-gallon bucket or pot and see how long it takes to fill it from your showerhead.

The man puts the bucket in the shower.

[Narrator] Less than 20 seconds and you're wasting water and money. If you are, ask your hardware store for a flow-control head and some plumber's tape.

The man holds up a flow-control showerhead and a spool of plumber's tape.

[Narrator] It's easy to install, just unscrew your old head and remove any old tape, then wrap the threads on the pipe clockwise with fresh tape, and simply screw on the new showerhead. Lather, rinse, and repeat, saving money and water every time you shower. Looking for more ways to save water, time and money? Find them in our other videos at bpu.com.

A man stands in front of a toilet in a bathroom.

[Narrator] Nothing lasts forever, including the flapper in your toilet. It's the mechanism that controls flow, and over time it can crack, causing leaks that waste water and money. But, they're a pretty simple repair and I'll walk you through it. First, shut the water off. The valve is right behind the toilet.

The man picks up the packaged toilet flapper.

[Narrator] Then, take the lid off your toilet and hold the handle down until the water drains as much as possible. Then remove this chain

The angle of the camera shifts to show the inside of a toilet tank. The man points to the chain that hangs from the bar of the toilet flushing handle.

[Narrator] and lift on these ears

He points to the two tabs on the rear side of the flapper.

[Narrator] to remove the faulty flapper. Now, hop in the car to your hardware store and find the flapper that matches. This is the one I like to use.

He holds up a packaged toilet flapper.

[Narrator] Now, all you have to do is attach the new flapper to the overflow pipe. And reconnect the chain to the flapper. Turn the water back on and presto. No more leaky toilet. It's easy to save water and money. Find more ways to save when you watch all our videos at bpu.com.


A man sits against a sink in a bathroom, holding a toilet float.

[Narrator] If you stand quietly in your bathroom, do you hear a trickling sound? If you do, that's the sound of money running away from you. Okay, it's actually the sound of a poorly configured toilet float, but it's really the same thing, bad news. The good news is it's easy as pie to fix, and all you need is a screwdriver and a couple of minutes. Just pop the lid off your toilet tank and inspect.

The camera changes to show the inside of a toilet tank. It is focused on the larger overflow tube in the center.

[Narrator] You see this tube? That's your overflow tube, and the water should only be about an inch from the top. To control the water level, you'll either have a float cup, like this, or a float ball, like this.

The man holds up a black float cup then a copper float ball.

[Narrator] Either way, you'll have a float adjustment screw like this one.

He points to a screw at the top of the float cup.

[Narrator] Just turn it clockwise to lower the water level to that one inch from the top height. Check by flushing. Once you've got it, put the lid back on and reflect on a job well done. Then go to bpu.com and watch some more great videos.

A man sits backwards on a toilet, his chest facing the tank.

[Narrator] I know, I know. Not the way you usually sit here, unless you're checking for a leak. See, even a toilet leak the size of a pinprick can add up. And the average leaky toilet? Well, that means you could be putting over $100 dollars a month right down the drain. So, how do you know if your toilet is costing you money? Easy. All it takes is a few drops of food coloring, and about a half an hour of your time. Just take the lid off the back of your toilet, and add a few drops of food coloring to color the water,

He takes the lid off the tank and squirts in some blue food dye.

[Narrator] and then go do something else for about 30 minutes.

He replaces the toilet tank lid and walks out.

[Narrator] I recommend an old episode of I Love Lucy.

The man stands up and exits the bathroom. Cuts to a door opening and the man re-entering the room.

[Narrator] When time's up, just look in the bowl.

The man lifts the toilet seat.

[Narrator] If you see any color in the water, like this, well, you've got yourself a leak.

He looks in the toilet to see blue tinged water.

[Narrator] Fix it yourself or call a plumber. Either way, you'll lose the leak and save cash. To learn how to replace the flapper in your toilet, and fix the leak, look for that video and plenty of others at bpu.com.

A man stands beside a sink holding an aerator.

[Narrator] They say little things make a big difference. Well, that's certainly true when it comes to your home faucets. These little aerators can end up saving you big on water bills. And installing them is as easy as one, two, three. One: unscrew your current aerator.

The man unscrews a piece of the bottom of the faucet head.

[Narrator] Remember, lefty loosey. If you need a wrench, put tape or a rag around the faucet so it doesn't scratch. Two: take the old aerator to your hardware store and find a match with a low-gallon per minute rating. One to 1.5 gallons is great for bathrooms, but try to find a two-gallon model for your kitchen or laundry. Three: put the new aerator on, and this time righty tighty.

The man screws the small piece back on the faucet.

[Narrator] See, it's as easy as one, two, three. For more simple ways to save water watch our other videos at bpu.com.


A man stands in a kitchen holding a mop.

[Narrator] Hey, want to know the best way to get acquainted with the business end of a mop? Let your pipes freeze in the winter. That frozen water expands and when it thaws it can leave a big expensive mess behind.

He sets the mop to the side.

[Narrator] Luckily, there's a lot you can do to prevent this from happening. First, leave cabinet doors open wherever water pipes are present,

He opens the doors beneath the sink.

[Narrator] especially if you're going to be away from home. You can also leave the faucet running, just a bit, to prevent freezes.

He turns the faucet on briefly.

[Narrator] You can also have some do-it-yourself insurance with insulation wraps or even this electric heat tape.

He holds up examples of electric heat tape.

[Narrator] You can find it at your hardware store. Just wrap your pipes and plug it in. Now if you don't take the precautions and you do get a frozen pipe, never thaw it with an open flame. You can do more harm than good. Instead try a hairdryer or wrap the frozen section in warm wet towels, just swap them out as they cool. And if you're not sure where the freeze is at, just feel around. For more helpful videos, go to bpu.com.

A man in an apron stands in a kitchen with a pair of grill tongs and a spatula.

[Narrator] If you have a grill, you have a way to save energy because grilling outdoors lets you skip the energy costs of running your stove and oven, plus, it doesn't heat up the house in these warm summer months. What about a rainy day, you ask? Well, you can save water by letting mother nature take care of the plants and the lawn, then zap that dinner in the microwave. It takes less electricity than the oven, and it doesn't heat up the house, either. Bon appétit. Find more great money and energy saving tips at bpu.com.

A man stands in front of a refrigerator holding a plastic jug of water.

[Narrator] Here's a great way to save energy this summer. Fill old milk jugs with tap water, and use them to fill up the empty space in your freezer. Just be sure to leave an inch or two from the top so the jugs won't crack when they freeze. You see, not only does your freezer have to work harder when it's not full, but the ice jugs actually help it keep cool in there.

He places a full gallon jug into the freezer.

[Narrator] Plus, when you need more room, just move the jugs to the fridge for easy access to ice cold water. Or let the jugs melt, then use that water to give your house plants a nice drink. That's a cool way to save some cold hard cash. For more great tips watch our other videos at bpu.com.


A man stands in the bathroom.

[Narrator] From bathrooms...

The scene flips to him standing in the kitchen.

[Narrator] To kitchens...

The scene flips again to him standing in front of the stairs to the basement.

[Narrator] To basements.

[Narrator] There's water flowing virtually everywhere in your home.

He appears in the bathroom again.

[Narrator] And that means there could be costly leaks virtually everywhere too. That's why it's so important to make a routine inspection from time to time. Start here,

He gestures to the toilet.

[Narrator] because toilets are the most common source of leaks. Look for movement in the water, or listen for those ghost flushes. See or hear that, call the plumber. Or you can always fix it yourself with the help from tons of online tutorials, including the How to Replace a Flapper Valve video you'll find at bpu.com. Next, check all your faucets, inside and out. It usually requires no more than installing new washers to stop these leaks. Your hardware store can help you out there. Then, spend a little time in the kitchen. Check the lines to your dishwasher, and to your ice maker if you have one. No drips, no problem. But if you see water, better see when the plumber can come over. And don't forget to check the washing machine, too. And of course, any time you see water in places it shouldn't be, that's a sure bet you've got a problem. Call a plumber you trust to locate and repair any line leaks. Best way to keep your home sweet home is to make sure it's home dry home. So take the time to check for leaks. You'll be glad you did. And you'll be glad you watched our other helpful videos at bpu.com.

A man sitting on the front stoop of a home with two water bottles. The one in his hand is a disposable plastic bottle.

[Narrator] I'll tell you something I just don't understand, bottled water, especially here in Wyandotte County. I mean, not only are these plastic bottles terrible for the environment,

He points at the bottle in his hand.

[Narrator] the "designer water" inside of them, can't match the refreshing taste of water that's consistently rated among the best in the nation straight out of the tap

He picks up a reusable water bottle filled with tap water.

[Narrator] and at a fraction of the price. Go easy on the earth, and go easy on your wallet. Keep a reusable bottle filled with crystal-clear, clean, refreshing Kansas water for whenever your whistle needs wetting.

He takes a large gulp of water.

[Narrator] Mmm. For more great videos that can help you save money and the environment, go to bpu.com.

A man sits in a living room chair beside a lit end table lamp.

[Narrator] When it's hot outside, the last thing you want to do is add heat to the inside of your home. So, here's a cool tip. Wait until bedtime to start your dishwasher, and make sure to turn off the dryer cycle. That way, you'll wake up to clean dishes without using electricity for drying, and you won't put more heat in your kitchen. You can do the same for your washer/dryer. Let them work for you while you sleep. You can learn more about saving money, energy, and water at bpu.com.

The BPU logo stays but then the man reappears on screen and yawns before he turns off the lamp.

[Narrator] Goodnight.


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