A morning or evening shower is easily the most relaxing part of your entire day. Sometimes it is very good to close your eyes and stand under the rain-like flow of your shower head. The only problem is that sometimes it’s the relaxing shower that wastes the most water (and thus the most energy too)
Here are some tips on how to conserve water while showering:
Do not leave the running water to “heat” for a long time. It may take a while for the water to get warm, but it usually doesn’t take long until you have time to make breakfast or clean your kitchen!
Shorter showers. Use a shower timer and try to limit your shower time to five minutes – sometimes just being aware of how long you’ve been in the shower will help you cut down on your shower time. This can be quite tricky, especially since the average American shower time tends to be closer to ten minutes, but any time you can trim it will help.
Turn off the water when washing the soap. While washing your hair with shampoo or washing your body with soap, you do not need to put water on it. In fact, it is easier if the water is not running.
Turn off the water when shaving. If you need water to clean the razor, use a cup filled with water.
Exercise before you shower. Exercising before a shower serves several purposes: By exercising first, you wake up, and you’re less likely to slow down in the shower. Exercise also motivates you, and you don’t need to use warm water – remember that the warmer the water, the more energy you use.
Buy a low flow shower head. Make sure your shower head uses no more than 2.2 gallons per minute (gpm). It’s best to find one that only uses 1.5 gallons per minute. Be aware that some showerheads, especially older shower heads, flow around 6-8 gallons per minute! Also, using a low-flow shower head doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice water pressure. There are many different and excellent low flow shower heads that you may prefer better than the current 6 GPM shower head!
Try to shower once a day instead of twice.
It’s okay to go a day without showering every now and then!
Even if you can only follow a few of these tips, they will help conserve water. And remember that by conserving water in the shower you are also conserving energy (because energy is required to heat our water), and by saving energy, you are saving money. Not only does taking a shorter shower and following some of these other tips help the environment, but it also ensures you have a better future.