If you think about it, we use a lot of water and other resources when we take a shower each day.
In fact, roughly 25% of indoor household water consumption goes to taking shower; a 10-minute shower uses about 40 gallons whereas a bath takes around 37 gallons. I never even realized just how much water I was using bathing and showering until I took an environmental studies course when I was in college.
So, as it would seem, living a green lifestyle would mean that a shower no longer could include heat, steam, water pressure… all the things I love about taking showers.
This, however, isn’t the case at all. You can still keep your shower routine green without having to give up the joys of hot showers!
Here are 3 tips that I have used to keep my shower habits green (and even help keep my wallet a little greener in the long run, too!)
#1 Install a low-flow shower head.
For as little as $10, you can go to your local home improvement store and buy a low-flow shower head, which can reduce water consumption by half or more and help keep your home more green. Installing a low-flow shower head is an investment that will definitely pay for itself very quickly, and will also conserve tons of drinkable water, too.
#2 Take a shorter shower.
If you love taking long, hot, steamy showers, then you may be less than inclined to heed this particular tip, but it is something I’ve forced myself to get used to, simply because shorter showers help contribute to saving more drinkable water and – again – will save on my water bills.
#3 Take Navy showers.
When my water heater wasn’t working properly a couple years ago and I couldn’t stand taking a cold shower, I used a method whereby I got my entire body wet under the shower head for about 30 seconds before turning the water off. I then lathered up my shampoo and soap, scrubbed my body, and then turned the water back on for about 1 minute to rinse away the soap.
Turned out, I took what is called a Navy shower – and apparently these are quite popular for those who are practicing water conservation. In fact, this green shower technique uses only 3 gallons of water on average and can save a person up to 15,000 gallons of water every year!
As you may have noticed, my green shower tips start off at reducing shower pressure in the first tip, evolve into shorter showers for the second tip and, in the third, suggest turning your water off during the middle part of your shower. Green living in general often requires baby steps like these, for breaking habits that aren’t so good for our planet (or even our pocket books) can be hard. But, adopting a greener lifestyle is possible doesn’t have to be arduous, and these green shower tips represent just 3 of the many simple ways that we can help our lovely planet stay a little healthier in the long run.