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Simple Shower Tips to Save Water

Running ShowerShowering is such a normal part of the daily routine, we often don’t think about the impact it has on water consumption. But showers typically are the third largest source of water use in residential homes, after toilets and washing machines. The average American shower lasts for just over 8 minutes, and uses 2.1 gallons of water per minute. That’s about 17 gallons per shower! Luckily, there are some quick and easy showering tips that can curb your water use and save you money.

  • Turn water off while shampooing. You don’t need the water running while you lather up, and if you spend a minute shampooing, that’s a quick 2 gallons of water saved per shower.
  • Save the water from the “warm up” time. If your shower needs a moment to get hot, put a bucket down to capture the water while you wait. Then use it to water plants or clean home surfaces.
  • Brush your teeth at the sink, not in the shower. Turn the water off when you’re not rinsing.
  • Spend less time in the shower by using a timer. You don’t need anything fancy; the egg timer already sitting in your kitchen will work fine. Or listen to music while showering, and try to get in and out in one song’s time.

Even the smallest change in showering habits can save gallons of water. For more tips on how to save water, visit us on Facebook.