A new device can keep water waste and bills in check by sensing when a toilet runs excessively and shutting off the water supply.
The H2Orb Water Management System from AquaOne Technologies attaches to the fill valve and stops water from flowing to the toilet in the event of a leak or overflow.
It also sounds an alarm to alert you and indicates the source of the problem.
The device can be ordered for $127 at www.theh2orb.com.
Veterinary care on a senior budget
Q: I’m a senior citizen on a fixed income. Is there a place that provides routine veterinary care at a more affordable cost?
– Kathy Thompson, Green, Ohio
A: Dr. Fran Terry, president of the spay-neuter program AlterPet Inc. in Sharon Center, Ohio, suggested looking into CareCredit, a credit card that can be used to finance veterinary care at participating practices. The card charges no interest for its shorter-term repayment plans. Details are at www.carecredit.com.
You might also call a nearby veterinary office, explain your situation and ask whether it will offer discounts, time payments or other accommodations, Terry said. She said many vets are willing to work with people near their practices to make sure pets get basic care and to make that care affordable.