When Water Saving Habits = Angpaus (A CNY Edition)


With cheerful red decorations adorning the streets and rows of CNY goodies sitting awaiting on the supermarket racks, the festive bells are ringing and the message is clear: Chinese New Year is just ‘round the corner – in two days! Ah, how fast time seems to zip by, with weeks and months simply disappearing at a time without you realising. It seems like it was only yesterday that we ushered in the New Year with a stunning fireworks display at Marina Bay, yet CNY has already come knocking at our doors.

Now, now. What comes to mind when you hear the words ‘Chinese New Year’?

For me, it’s definitely the Angpaus (red packets). For those of you not familiar with the term, it refers to the red envelopes containing money that (typically) children receive from their elders on Chinese New Year. As a child, I’ve always referred to CNY as ‘the festival that makes me rich’. And today, using a simple example, I’ll be sharing with you why I believe water saving habits could be equivalent (or at least similar) to receiving Angpaus during this festive period.

Waking up the morning of Chinese New Year is always exciting as it signifies a new year and new beginnings. And writing from experience, people have the tendency to spend a longer time in the toilet on this special day. From new clothing to new hairstyles, everyone wants to look their best for CNY – and this often results in toilet hogging. So here are some easy water saving tips that can help reduce the time (and water) spent in the toilet.

  1. When brushing your teeth, use a mug instead of letting the tap run.
  2. When showering, keep your showering time under 5 minutes.
  3. When flushing the toilet, use the half-flush for liquid waste.
  4. And if you happen to want to do your laundry just before you head out, wait till there’s a full load.

But how is this related to Angpaus?

Well, when we’re talking about red packets, money definitely has to be involved. Based on a Water Conservation Awareness Programme chart by PUB, I’ve done the calculations and discovered that these simple water saving acts can save you up to as much as 112 litres of water a day  – which amounts to a fairly significant amount of money in the long run. You’ll be surprised to do the math and find that the money saved could possibly be more than what you received from your Angpaus (without you even having to leave your home)!

With that, I came up with three fun formulas that might serve to demonstrate my point better.

Receiving Angpaus = ↑ Money (When you receive Angpaus, the money in your wallet/bank increases.)

Water Saving Habits = Save Water = Save Money = ↑ Money (When you practice water saving habits, you save water – which lowers your bill – and with lesser money spent on your bill, the money in your wallet/bank supposedly increases.)

Receiving Angpaus  = Water Saving Habits = ↑ Money  

I’ll be sharing more water saving tips in my upcoming posts, but do you agree that water saving habits could possibly be equivalent (or at least similar to) receiving red packets?

The famous saying goes, “Money makes the world go round” but, in my opinion, it’s water that makes the world goes round. And if you don’t have a water efficient tap at home, you can get a free set of water saving kit here that can help you reduce as much as 5% of your monthly water consumption.

Happy Chinese New Year, dear readers!

Drink up (water) to good health!


By Vivian Tan


Image Credit: The Bay Bridge




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