Sometimes, sustainability may seem difficult but there are ways we can easily make a difference. Showering is something we must all do but we may not always realize the impact we have. If we all change the way we shower, we could make a big impact on the environment with little effort. The average American takes an 8 minute shower. While this may not seem like a long time, a shower can use 2-5 gallons per minute. This means that an 8 minute shower can use up to 45 gallons! According to the US Geological Survey, the average person is said to use 80-100 gallons of water a day, so one shower may account for almost half of your daily water use. Water from daily showers can start to add up quickly, especially if there are multiple people in your household. Taking shorter showers can help decrease your household’s total water usage every day.
Conserving water does not always require huge lifestyle changes. You can start shortening your daily showers to save water by following some of these simple tips.
plan your shower
Before you even get in the shower, know what you are going to do. This will make sure you have everything you will need and know where it all is. You will be ready to get in the shower, do what you have to do, and get out in no time at all.
Sometimes it is hard to know how long you have been in the shower. You can spend over 10 minutes in there before you even realize. Using a shower timer is a great way to keep track of your time spent in the shower. You can find these anywhere and are inexpensive.
Bonus Tip: If you like to listen to music while in the shower, you can make a special shower playlist and use that as your timer. Add all of your favorite shower songs in a playlist, hit shuffle, and get out of the shower after two songs to keep your shower short and fun!
don’t turn on the shower until you’re ready
While you gather all of your shower materials, keep the water off until you’re sure you’re ready to hop in.
mark the perfect temperature on the dial
The next time you shower, put a little mark exactly where your favorite water temperature is. You will be able to use that mark on the dial to get the perfect temperature every time you shower and stop wasting water trying to look for the perfect temperature.
cold water method
This method is when you only use cold water when you shower. You will naturally shorten the time time you are in the shower because you’ll want to get out of the cold quickly.
Many people hate cold water and can’t stand to shower in cold water. If this describes you, putting a bucket to collect the cold water at the start of your shower will help make sure you are not wasting any water. The water collected in the bucket can be used around the house to water plants.
Currently, shower heads produced in the United States can have a maximum flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute. However, many shower heads produced before 1980 had a flow rate of 5 gallons per minute. If you have an older shower, it may be time to look for a new one. Make sure your shower head has earned the WaterSense label. This means it has a maximum flow rate of 2 gallons per minute.
Most people when they wash their hair and body step away from the water stream so they do not wash away the soap before they’re clean. Turning off the water during this time can help you reduce the amount of water that goes to waste during your shower.
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