A Summer of Water Conservation: Shower Tips

Welcome back! Here’s the second installment of HPWD’s Summer of Conservation! This week, we’ll share different ways to conserve water in the shower. According to the EPA, the average American family uses about 300 gallons of water per day. Of that, about 20 percent of the water is used in the shower. Here are some ways you can save a few gallons while bathing.

Whenever possible, skip the bath and take a shower instead.  Standard showerheads use from 2.0 to 2.5 gallons per minute.  A ten minute shower would use from 20-25 gallons of water as compared to 30-40 gallons to fill a standard bathtub or as much as 70 gallons to fill a garden tub.

Conserving in the Shower:

  • Taking a quick shower lasting five minutes or less can help save up to 1,000 gallons of water per month.
  • If you can’t hit the five minute mark when showering, just shorten your shower time by a minute or two. This can help save up to 150 gallons of water per month.
  • Consider installing a low-flow shower head, and save up to 750 gallons of water per month. They’re inexpensive and easy to install!
  • While you’re waiting for that perfect shower temperature, collect the running water from the faucet and use it later to water plants around the yard and house.
  •  For those who don’t have a shower and must take a bath, be sure to put the stopper in the drain and adjust the temperature as the tub fills.  You can also save water by partially filling the tub. You can still enjoy the bath, but you’re using less water.

 

Use the hashtag #SummerOfConservation to tell us how you are conserving water this summer. Be sure to watch for our next post!

 

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Sources:

http://www.westernreserveplumbing.com/responsible-plumbing/dual-flush-toilets/

http://www.gracelinks.org/437/water-saving-tips-in-the-bathroom

http://www.home-water-works.org/indoor-use/faucet

http://wateruseitwisely.com/tips/category/bathroom/?view=list