You Win Some, You Lose Some

Philippines
September 16, 2015 11:21pm CST
Last night was the start of the water interruption from 9pm to 4am. It's supposed to last for a week. Since we have a water dispenser for drinking water, I just filled the big bucket in the shower area and three pitchers for the kitchen sink for washing or rinsing. When I checked around 1am, the water pressure was still normal. This morning, the bucket and the pitchers are still full, so we'll just keep it that way for tonight. But we'll be sure to use them tomorrow so we can replace them with fresh water. Then I noticed something white near the gate. Apparently, everyone didn't notice that the light was still on for three hours. Life's surprises, right? You saved water, but unknowingly wasted electricity. You feel lucky about a bargain, then an unexpected expense crops up.
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@jaboUK (54517)
• United Kingdom
17 Sep 15
As you say, we are careful about some things, then incur unnecessary expense by being careless about others.
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• Philippines
18 Sep 15
@jabouk the people here are either forgetful, in a hurry, or never even notice these things.
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@cahaya1983 (10043)
• Malaysia
17 Sep 15
That's frustrating, but we've all had those moments. It's a good lesson to make us more alert in the future.
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• Philippines
18 Sep 15
@cahaya yeah, i feel like a roving security guard periodically checking lights, electric fans, exhaust fans, faucets and hose because there's a lot of forgetful people here.
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@cahaya1983 (10043)
• Malaysia
18 Sep 15
@hereandthere Haha yeah, well at least it's better than being just as forgetful as they are!
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• Philippines
18 Sep 15
@cahaya1983 i wish i could stop seeing or hearing them. more importantly, i wish i could stop caring and just ignore them.
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@Beatburn (3904)
• Philippines
18 Sep 15
That's life. I try to be conscious of conserving and making good use of utilities turning them off when they are not being used.
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• Philippines
18 Sep 15
@beatburn but what i don't agree with is unplugging the fridge at night which someone here insists on. if i were to rank them in the need for vigilance, water would be 1st, anything with motors 2nd, and lights last since we have mostly led lights now and they aren't in danger of exploding.
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@Beatburn (3904)
• Philippines
18 Sep 15
@hereandthere unplugging the fridge is not an efficient way of using it. Unless it's an old model that uses a lot of elec and has to be replaced.
• Philippines
19 Sep 15
@Beatburn and someone told me fridges have regulators so there's really no need. the annoying part is the one who always unplugs it at night forgets to plug it back in the morning.
@lady1993 (18768)
• Philippines
17 Sep 15
that is unfortunate indeed... but, a lesson learned once i forgot to turn off the light outside my room and it was from night until noon -mom gt so mad
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• Philippines
18 Sep 15
@lady1993 what consoles me is switched to mostly led lights
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@lady1993 (18768)
• Philippines
19 Sep 15
@hereandthere those lights are awesome, they are brighter but they consume less energy
@Raelove (16810)
• Saco, Maine
17 Sep 15
Our water was shut off here earlier this week for a day so that work could be done to the lines. I had my buckets at the ready, but it was still an inconvenience.
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• Philippines
18 Sep 15
@raelove it's not that inconvenient yet since they schedule it at night
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@SIMPLYD (80400)
• Philippines
17 Sep 15
It's a good thing in our place we have sufficient water . And luckily also , i go to work on weekdays , so the lamp at the gate's post would be switched off by me when i pass by . However , mother-in-law would switch them off sometimes , when she remembers .
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• United States
17 Sep 15
I've had the same thing happen to me. I think I"m saving on my electric only to find the light outside on all night long
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• Philippines
18 Sep 15
@simplyd actually, we seldom have water interruption here, same with brownouts/power outages, very seldom. the water interruption was in connection to upcoming el nino.
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• Philippines
18 Sep 15
@Marilynda1225 i guess another way to look at it is 'break even'
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@sofssu (14449)
17 Sep 15
Happens all the time.. We are so careful about locking the main doors and windows at night.. this morning when I woke I noticed that we have left the back door wide open and had gone to sleep.
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• Philippines
17 Sep 15
@sofs yes, doors and gates are another one! our windows have jalousies and grills it's okay to keep them open. it's the gate at the back of the house that we forget to lock sometimes.
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@sofssu (14449)
18 Sep 15
@hereandthere LOL and they are the easiest to get I through without being noticed. Leaving lights on is the most common thing my boys do.. I have to checking after they have left home in the morning.
@sishy7 (27631)
• Australia
18 Sep 15
I don't know why but this reminds me of my HP inkjet printer. I thought I got a bargain when I bought it so cheaply only to find out later the inks would cost me aplenty.
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• Philippines
18 Sep 15
@sishy7 it does! our printer is HP too. here we can go to ink refilling stations so it's cheaper. you can refill it once so you can delay buying a brand new pricey ink cartridge. the problem is if that part of the ink cartridge that touches the printer head has even a tiny dent or scratch to it, that's it. doesn't matter if it has refilled ink inside. it's unusable.
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@valmnz (12755)
• New Zealand
17 Sep 15
Like you say, you win some and you lose some.
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• Philippines
18 Sep 15
@valmz 'one step forward, one step back' feels better.
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@GardenGerty (100504)
• United States
18 Sep 15
People tease me that I take after my dad, in that I shut off lights every time I go through a room. I hate it when extra lights are left on.
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• Philippines
18 Sep 15
@gardengerty when the sun goes down, i make sure i turn on the light in my mother's dresser and the hallway. those are the times safety takes precedence over savings.
@lokisdad (4267)
• United States
7 Dec 15
living without water and electricity is horrible. When we moved we had to wait for the following monday to be able to go and have the utilities to be turned on and it was the longest week ever so it seemed. You can borrow water from people but you can't borrow electricity.
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@cgalavia (1405)
• Philippines
20 Sep 15
We always have a water interruption here like when there is blackout,water system is also off,and sometimes we didn't know and can't stock up for they seldom inform us. We are more on the electric,we try to save more harder because we always have a high bill.
• Philippines
21 Sep 15
@cgalavia this area where we live in seldom experience water or power interruption, actually, so i feel bad for those who live in other places where it happens regularly. if i were you, i would always stock up on water but also replenish them regularly. so far the scheduled interruption was irregular. there were only a few nights where it would be a trickle by 1am. but today, in the news, they said that starting this week, it will be 'for real' so we have started cleaning the drums and will start filling them up with water around 6pm.
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@cgalavia (1405)
• Philippines
21 Sep 15
@hereandthere It will be tiring replenishing again those drums every other day but must have to use for the daily needs.So far this time,no water interruption but in us usually happens in the morning then will be back during lunch time.
• Philippines
21 Sep 15
@cgalavia it's such a hassle when there's no water when you wake up in the morning. people are taking showers, cooking breakfast and baon (packed lunch), and washing dishes before going to school or work.
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@allknowing (66751)
• India
19 Sep 15
You may have kept the light on unknowingly. This happens when your mind is preoccupied.
• Philippines
19 Sep 15
the first person to leave the house always turns it off, but she said she was in a hurry. then the rest didn't notice it either, maybe because it was daylight already.
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@wiLLmaH (8230)
• Singapore, Singapore
7 Oct 15
Turned on electrical appliances that even not in use really jacked up bills.