The next time you’re busy getting steamy, it may be a better idea to make it just a quickie.
I’m talking about showering, of course. And unless you’re all about inviting another person into your moment of zen, these tips will help you cut your water bill and ecological footprint by quite a bit.
Chances are, if you’re already showering instead of soaking in a tub, you’re congratulating yourself on how much water you’re saving. And you’re right! Sort of.
See, no matter how you stay clean, you’re still using water (unless you’re trying the whole “dry bathing” thing), and water is a pretty precious resource. Using less water not only saves you money on your water bill, but it saves energy. Conserving water bypasses the lengthy extraction, purification and transportation process all of our drinkable water has to go through. Bottom line: less water is better.
“But I’m good!” you may say. “I take 15-minute showers every day, that’s practically nothing. Right?”
Actually, wrong. The average shower head uses 2.5 gallons of water per minute, which makes your innocent 15 minutes of clean not-so-green at all. That quick rinse uses 37.5 gallons of water, enough to fill two kegs with some to spare. When you shower daily, that adds up.
So how can you green your hygiene?
- Shorten your shower: The simplest way to avoid wasting precious H20 is to just spend less time in the shower. Try timing yourself on your phone and making it a goal to beat your “best time”. Do you really need to spend that extra 20 minutes debating what you could and couldn’t have said to that cutie in line at the coffee shop today? Didn’t think so.
- Try turning the water off: If you’ve never heard of a military shower, it’s a method of bathing that involves using the water from the shower head in bursts, and doing activities like soaping up, shaving and washing your hair while the water is off. Those dry minutes add up to save you big-time on water.
- Do less things in the shower: The first time you brush your teeth in the shower, it feels like an epiphany. It feels so productive. You feel like a multitasking god. But actually, those few minutes you take to brush your teeth, shave, or what have you, can be done in the sink with significantly less water than the sink.
- Start the water once you’re already in the shower: This one is simple. Running the water while you’re not even in is just waste. That cold water blast can be invigorating, and just think how good the hot water will feel once it warms up!
- Adjust your temperature and pressure: Showers that feel like a fire hose are just plain uncomfortable, as are those that feel like a light summer drizzle. Try and aim for a low-pressure middle ground. But a word to the wise on cold showers, leave them for teenage boys. You’ll probably spend more time ducking the freezing cold water than actually bathing. But a lukewarm shower can be a relaxing way to cut down on energy without sacrificing too much.