Shortening Your Shower

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Happy Monday! And welcome to Week 2 of the Bee Green Project. A shout out to everyone who took the time to look at the site!

This week I will be focusing on water conservation. My Bee Green tip of the week is:

Limit your showers to 5 minutes to conserve water.

We waste a lot of water when we take showers, and this is mostly due to bad habits and behaviors. On average, Americans take over eight minutes to shower, and an inefficient shower head can use up to 50 gallons of water in this time. Not to mention the enormous amount of energy it takes to heat the water; heating your water is responsible for about 17 percent of your electricity bill.

Many people, both around the world and the U.S. suffer from the effects of drought. Meanwhile, the average American consumes between 80-100 gallons of water a day through showering, using the toilet, cooking, etc. My limiting your time in the shower, you can not only conserve water, but help the Earth and other people in need as well.

Here are a few tips to shorten your time in the shower:

  • Wash your hair every other day– Many people get into the habit of washing their hair every day, even though it’s not necessary to do so. Using cleaning products every day can actually dry out and damage hair, so it’s better to give your scalp a break and limit washing to 3-4 times per week, of even less if your hair isn’t oily. This will reduce your time and the shower, and your shampoo will last you twice as long!
  • Get undressed before you turn on the shower With most showers, it takes a few seconds for the water to heat up, and I know that I’ve gotten into the habit of turning on the shower and undressing myself afterwards. By getting undressed first, you can reduce the amount of time the water is running before you hop in
  • Don’t brush your teeth or shave while in the shower– Some people try to cut down on the time it takes to get ready  by showering or shaving while in the shower. While it may be a time saver, this actually leads to a lot of water waste, as shower heads use over twice as much water as faucets do. 
  • No dilly-dallying!While it does feel nice to hang around in a hot shower at the end of the day, this is a HUGE waste of water. If you really want to relax in the hot water, treat yourself to the occasional bath, which uses about the same about of water as a shower.
  • Try to wash everything at once There’s a lot of body parts that need to be cleaned while taking a shower. Don’t get into the habit of washing one part of your body and then rinsing, then washing another part, then rinsing, etc. Soap up a few areas at once so you can spend less time rinsing of the suds.

So there you have it! Give these methods a try next time you hop in the shower. I will be doing some research on water saving shower heads over the next few days and posting my findings and recommendations for you all!

Remember to turn off the tap!

-Molly Bee

 

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