How to Save Water In the Shower
Updated: 6 days ago
Our home, the earth, is known as the blue planet because two-thirds of its surface is covered by (salt) water. It looks beautiful from space — a blue orb with swirls of white and patches of green.
However, the harsh reality of our times is that fresh water, which always existed in only small amounts, has become a scarce natural resource.
Years and years of overexploitation and pollution have led to a situation where a lot of people across the world don't have access to clean water for drinking, bathing, and cooking. And water is one resource we absolutely cannot survive without!
With climate change looming over us as well, the future seems bleak as of now and so it is important that we act on the present. You can start with your bathroom!
For many people, the day begins and ends with a refreshing and soothing shower. However, not a lot of people think about how much water they are wasting whilst showering. One might sing, dance, think out loud, and cry in the shower — but does one notice if the water is running the whole time?
Unfortunately, millions of gallons of clean water are wasted every year worldwide in people's bathrooms. On a daily basis, most of a household's water is used for flushing and showering/bathing. It's thus no surprise that we desperately need to stop taking water for granted and start treating it like the precious, life-sustaining, and finite natural resource it is!
So, to conserve water on a daily basis, you can start to consciously monitor your water-utilising activities and make an effort to reduce your water usage every time you shower. A little goes a long way and every person's effort counts. In this article, we will dive into a few methods to save water in the shower.
Ways to Save Water in the Shower
According to statistics, an average person in the UK uses around 37.5 gallons (142 litres) of water a day whilst an average person in the US uses around 82 gallons (310 litres) of water a day. Sadly, not a lot of people are even aware of these numbers!
However, by being a little alert and careful in the shower, we can save a substantial amount of water both daily and yearly. Additionally, choose a shower over a bath as often as possible, since the former uses less water than the latter. Here are some ways you can conserve water in the shower and reduce your water footprint:
1. Take shorter showers
One simple way to save water in your shower is to take shorter showers. Uncomplicated, isn't it? Cutting down on your shower time is one of the easiest ways to conserve water.
Have shower thoughts? Think of them when the shower is turned off! This will help to conserve water and lower your water bill substantially.
You can even time your showers — try to shower in under 5 minutes and get used to it so that it becomes the norm for you. An average shower in the US lasts for 8 minutes, so it's a good idea to collectively drive down that number. Every minute that you reduce from your overall shower time is precious and can save a lot of water!
2. Turn the water off while you soap up
Another way to avoid water wastage in your shower is to turn the water off while you soap up. A lot of people often keep the shower running whilst lathering up.
Yes, sure, it can be annoying to turn the shower off with soapy hands but do it for the planet! After wetting your body and the bar of soap, turn the shower off and lather yourself up thoroughly. Then, turn the shower on to rinse off the soap. This will help you to save a massive amount of water and conserve energy.
3. Use a low-flow shower head
A low-flow shower head is a great way to save water in your shower. This type of shower head has a flow restrictor and uses less water than a standard shower head. Basically, it restricts water at the source and does the saving for you. Since a lower amount of water comes out of the shower, a lower amount of water is wasted.
You can also go for eco-friendly, water saving shower heads that have an eco setting to conserve water.
However, it's important that you don't extend your shower time drastically just because you have a low-flow or water saving shower head!
4. Don’t let the water run while brushing, shampooing, and shaving
This is similar to our point about turning the shower off whilst soaping up. However, we are going to include a few more bathing-related activities that you can pay more attention to.
Don’t keep the water running whilst you’re brushing your teeth, shampooing, shaving, putting on a face mask, waiting for the hair conditioner to do its job, or scrolling through your phone to choose a playlist. Plus, when you’re finished showering, be sure to turn the water off properly.
5. Fix leaky shower heads, hoses, taps, and pipes
If you have a leaky shower, it’s important to fix it because it can waste a lot of water! Isn't it extremely harrowing to think that clean water is simply wasting away through a leak? Each drop counts and before you know it you have wasted thousands of gallons of water a year.
Also pay close attention to other parts of your house and bathroom's plumbing — hoses, taps, and pipes. Nothing should be leaking, and anything that is leaking should be fixed immediately! Don't take a dripping tap or leaky pipe lightly, because you will regret it in the long run.
Avoid water waste whenever you can, and sometimes that means spending on repairs!
6. Teach your kids the importance of quick showers
If you have kids, it’s important to educate them on the importance of water conservation from a young age. One way to do this is by setting an example yourself and showering quickly (as we’ve talked about previously). Kids are observational — they will watch your good habits and learn from them.
You should also tell your children about the importance of showering quickly so that they are more mindful of their water use. It's best to time their showers as well, and get them excited about doing their bit for the planet. Make sure you teach them water-saving tips, such as turning off the shower whilst soaping up or playing with bath toys.
Plus, make sure you supervise the shower time of small children — for their safety and for the sake of water conservation concerns.
7. Cut down on hot showers
Hot water showers are truly glorious, but see if you can limit them to when they are absolutely necessary. Hot showers use a lot of energy, and this can drive up your energy bill.
Additionally, people tend to spend more time in a hot shower, using a lot more water than a regular shower or cold shower and thus driving up the water bill. So, give cold water showers some love if you're interested in saving money and being water efficient. Here's an article you can check out if you're interested in knowing more about hot and cold showers.
By following these water saving tips, you can conserve water in your shower and help to conserve a very important resource. So the next time you decide to indulge in some shower thoughts, make sure the water isn't running!
Additionally, you can make use of other methods to generally save water in the bathroom. Avoid flushing unnecessarily, don't leave the tap running for more than a few seconds, choose showers over baths, and do full loads of laundry each time.
You can even use a cistern displacement device or a toilet tank displacement device to use less water whilst flushing. Also, hang bath towels out in the sun to dry instead of putting them in the washing machine after every shower. Small steps like these go a long way!
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And what's the cherry on top? The fact that our shower heads will give you a luxurious and elevated showering experience whilst saving water at the same time.
With our shower heads, you won't have to put up with low water pressure just to save water. That's right, our high pressure shower heads use less water than traditional shower heads. Now, how does that work? We'll explain.
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Despite the increased water flow velocity, StoneStream shower heads are soothing on the skin and are even suitable for babies and pets. Plus, our EcoPower shower heads reduce shower water consumption by up to 35%!
With StoneStream shower heads, an average household in the UK can save £227 yearly on the water bill. Isn't that great? Undoubtedly, our shower heads are the most water-efficient option on the market. Plus, our shower heads are equipped with efficient filters that remove impurities from running water and soften hard water.
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