Tips and Guides

5 More Ways to Increase Water Efficiency At Home

Every last drop counts!

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela (Main Photo)

There's no doubt that water is essential for us to live—we use it for cooking, cleaning and of course, quenching our thirst. However, most of the time, we unknowingly waste it down the drain without realizing that it is a very valuable resource. To help you make the most of every last trickle, here are some tips you can try: 

1. Avoid using running water. 

This doesn't only mean accidentally leaving faucets running, it means tweaking your daily routine, too. Instead of using the shower, consider using a bucket and a dipper for bathing or you can also try washing your produce or rinsing your dishes in filled basins—these are all good places to start. 

2. Reuse and recycle water. 

Cooking pasta? Use the boiling water to make broth or stock for soup. Loading the last rinse of laundry? Whatever is left of the water can be used to freshen up the lawn. These small efforts can add up to a huge sum in the long run! 

3. Stop treating your toilet like a trash bin. 

One flush is equivalent to 7 gallons of water—especially if you use your toilet as a chute for used pads or tissues as it adds pressure to push these down. Remember to keep your bowl free of trash all the time! 

4, Fix leaking pipes. 

If your water bill keeps skyrocketing without changing your consumption patterns, chances are, there's a busted pipe somewhere in your plumbing system. Make sure to get it repaired immediately to avoid wasting water.

RL Tip: Still waiting for a pro to fix it? Catch the dripping water in a bucket and use it to clean your car or wash your windows. 

5. Get the family to conserve water, too. 

Conserving water in a household is not a one-man job! Get the adults to start taking quicker showers—you can set a ten-minute limit for each person. It's also important to start kids young on these practices so you never have to worry about them wasting water even when they grow up. 

More on

5 Ways to Increase Water Efficiency At Home

5 Ways to Conserve Water at Home

5 More Ways to Save Money and Reduce Waste


Latest Stories

A Tiny Studio Unit Becomes A Hotel-Style Home

In another makeover marvel by Elle Uy, the decorator transforms a dark studio unit into a chic and airy space

Get the Look of Iza Calzado’s Bedroom

Give your sleeping space an easy, dainty makeover with the right pieces

5 Amazing Closet Cleaning Tips You Can Try

Achieve your dream wardrobe with these handy tricks

How To Vacuum Your Home Properly

Here’s how to avoid all the usual vacuuming mistakes. Plus, learn about a revolutionary new material that will help you bust all that dirt at home.

A Cozy and Modern Family Home in Quezon City

Works of art, beautiful fabrics, and a mix of old and new pieces bring this townhouse to life

5 Things To Never Clean With Baking Soda

This finely milled powder has its downsides, too

There's An Affordable Way To Keep Your Home Smelling Good 24/7

Say no to artificial fragrances with this three-step hack

A KonMari Reality Show Is Coming To Netflix

Will de-cluttering diva Marie Kondo's new show spark joy?

You Only Need P5,000 To Work On These Home Improvement Projects

The best part? These can increase the value of your space, too.

What's Inside The Vatican Walls?

Aside from having one of the largest collections of art in the world, the Vatican holds many other treasures

Meet The Architect Behind This Industrial-Pinoy Home

Inspired by the Bahay Kubo, this architect worked with industrial details and affordable building materials to create an inviting space

Is It Possible to Paint Over Tiles?

No one likes the sight of lackluster tiles. Know what to do with these tips from an interior designer.
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!