Every single day, we use water. We use it for many different purposes like taking a bath, drinking, gardening, and just plainly almost whatever we do needs water. Manila Water Co. and Maynilad Water Services are two of the major water and wastewater services provider in cities and municipalities in the Philippines. Just this month, Manila Water released a notice that they will be increasing the rates starting the 16th of October. If you’re already stressing about it, why not lower your water bill drastically?
Water prices have already increased in the early parts of this year. Furthermore, there will be more hikes in the coming years according to the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).
Are you worried about your water bill? Don’t have a clue on what to do to lower your water bill? Well, we’ve gathered few of the best tips that we can provide so that everyone can lower their water bills.
Turn the faucet off while you’re brushing your teeth
This seems more like a simple thing to do but this actually is impacting. As per reports, turning the faucet off while you’re brushing saves up to 1, 500 gallons of water per year. Can you imagine? Yes, that’s a staggering 4 gallons of water per day.
Make it a habit to have a cup of water while you brush your teeth. This way, you don’t need the water running for you to rinse off the toothpaste inside your mouth. This practically is one of the easiest ways on how you can lower your water bill.
Turn the shower off while soaping, scrubbing, and shampooing
Another thing that people need to think about is that when they’re showering, they always have their showers or faucets on. It’s just kind of a warm and inviting feeling and we Filipinos know that. However, we can actually save thousands of gallons per six (6) months if you just turn it off if you’re not rinsing your body.
Check and repair on leaks
Leaks are a normal part of plumbing. It’s a common misconception that you’re saving more if you have leaks; that’s wrong. It actually will cost you more because it’s using up water you don’t even use. So, one way to lower your water bill is to check on leaks and broken pipes. Repair them and always have them checked by a plumber.
Lessen your dish washing
Dish washing, if you’re alone, should be kept to a minimum. If you don’t have someone living with you, it’s better to use one drinking glass throughout the day. If you think that that’s not hygienic, well, as long as you keep it somewhere clean, it’s going to be.
Also, if you see stuff on the kitchen sink, wash them immediately. This saves you time and water because a few utensils unwashed can easily be mended vs. having a mountain of used utensils.
Always think of reusing water
Didn’t think that this was possible? Well, it actually is! One obvious way of reusing water is by watering your plants and by using it as a flush. You can reuse water to water plants as long as they do not have chemicals and harmful substances.
There are actually a lot of ways on how you can reuse water. By doing these things, you can not lower your water bill, you can also find ways on how you can efficiently spend water every single day.
Utilize a watering can when gardening
If you have a garden, using a hose might be convenient but it can consume more water than you think. In this case, and to lessen your water bill, use a watering can. This way you can be sure that the water you will be using is just enough for the plants to survive for the day.
Have a laundry schedule to maximize it
Doing laundry could be one of the reasons why your water bill is higher than the usual. Especially if there’s a change on how you wash laundry, there’s really going to be a change.
To lower your water bill, what you can do to somehow save is to have full loads of laundry. This saves you laundry detergents, water, time, and even electricity.
Place a bottle in your toilet cistern
To give you the term, the toilet cistern is the space behind the toilet itself. If you’re not aware, this is where the water is stored; this is where the water from the flush comes from.
Although you can flush less throughoutt the whole day, it can booze out odor and that could actually make you spend more water. Another hack and water-saving tip is to put a bottle full of water, sand, or small rocks inside the cistern. This way, it cuts the amount of water that your toilet uses when you flush it.
If you think of it, these things are simple things that you can do to lower your water bill. There are no black magic things and there are no complicated things you need to think of, it’s just this. Given the fact that our water systems will increase in rates, we all should be aware of these tips so that we don’t have to worry about paying our water bills each month!