We’ve already shared about how you can apply for electricity and water services in Bahrain. For today, we’d like to take things a step further by discussing ways to conserve water usage, and ultimately reduce your water bill. Sounds great, right? Well, let’s get down to it!
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Just like anywhere else, residents in Bahrain are encouraged to save water, whether inside or outside their homes. Not only is this good for the environment, it’s easier on the pocket, too!
How to Conserve Water and Lower Your Water Bill
Without further ado, here are some tips to save on water usage at home:
#1 – Check for leaks regularly.
Every now and then, check for any water leaks in your kitchen, bathroom, garage, and other areas in the house. By doing so, you can save up to 300 gallons or more per month! If you find a leak, get in touch with your landlord or contact a plumbing company for assistance.
#2 – Install a low-flow shower head.
Did you know that bathrooms account for almost three quarters of water usage in the house? Of course, the more people there are, the higher the volume of water used in showering alone. Hence, we suggest you install a low-flow shower head for more water-efficient bath times!
#3 – Shorten your bath time.
Many of us love to linger in the shower or bathtub, but this might not be wise when money is tight. The solution? Shorten your bathing time! Simply by reducing your shower time by a minute or two, you can save two to five gallons per minute, and up to 150 gallons in a month!
#4 – Turn off the water while washing your hair.
Do you leave the water on while lathering your hair? If yes, then it’s about time that you stop doing this. After all, how hard can it be to switch the water off?!
#5 – Turn off the water while shaving.
Following the same principle as above, please don’t leave the water on while shaving. Make every drop count and avoid wasting water!
#6 – Turn off the water while washing your hands or brushing your teeth.
We simply can’t resist stating this once again. Turn off the water when not in use, period!
#7 – Install a low-flow tap aerator.
Almost 10 percent of water is used in the kitchen. By installing a low-flow tap aerator (similar to the low-flow shower head in the bathroom), you can reduce your water usage by half!
#8 – Assign one glass per person in the house.
Having to wash glasses every single time you drink is such a waste of time (and water, and effort). We recommend that you assign one glass (or water bottle) per person and label it accordingly. This way, you can reduce the number of glasses that need to be washed.
#9 – Wash full loads only in the dishwasher.
If you have a dishwasher, we suggest that you wash full loads only, to save on water.
#10 – Wash full loads only in the washing machine.
Similarly, we recommend washing full loads only in your washing machine. Of course, be careful not to overload as this could damage the machine!
#11 – Buy water-saving models.
The next time you buy a new dishwasher or washing machine, consider buying a water-efficient model, as these use up to 25 percent less water than older models.
#12 – Avoid buying “water toys” that use water constantly.
While it’s nice to indulge in a relaxing bath every now and then, beware of using recreational “water toys.” These include water play sprinklers and kiddie splash pads that require a constant flow of water.
#13 – Water your plants only when necessary.
Did you know that more plants die from over-watering than from under-watering them? Water your plants only when needed, and consider the best times of the day to water them.
#14 – Water your plants in the morning or evening.
The best times to water your plants, including your lawn, is in the morning or evening. These are the periods when temperatures are cooler, and water doesn’t evaporate as quickly as during other times of the day.
#15 – Set sprinklers to deliver big drops of water.
When using a sprinkler, set it to deliver bigger drops of water. This because smaller drops tend to evaporate more quickly, sometimes even before they hit the ground!
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By heeding these tips, you not only save on water, but on your water bill as well! Plus, you’ll be doing your part in conserving our world’s natural resources. In addition, here’s a basic guide to living in Manama, for those who have just arrived to live and work in the Kingdom.