I am very conscious of the time I spend in the shower. I also sometimes take quick showers in the locker room at work and not have to shower at home. I have also started being more aware of when I wash my hair - sometimes washing every other day, as needed! I've found that turning off the water as I lather up works well too!
Above & Beyond Energy Challenge
Shorter Shower Challenge
Rubber Duckie, You're The One...
An average bath uses 40-60 gallons of water; an average shower uses 17 gallons; a Navy Shower (where you only turn the water on to wet or rinse) takes less than 5 gallons.
Taking a bath uses a lot of water, and even most showers could be more efficient - or, rather, most shower-takers could be more efficient! Given the drought facing most of the United States, learning how to shorten your shower isn't just an important part of water and energy efficiency, it's about changing our expectations about what our lives are supposed to look like, and knowing how to make an important difference.
- When you next jump in the shower, do two things:
- Time how long it takes (makes sure you take what would be a "regular" shower for you), and write it down.
- Note whether you have a particular order of what you do in the shower (face, hair, shave, toes, butt, rinse) or whether you just clean yourself randomly.
- See if you can come up with the most orderly, efficient, and quick way to take your next shower. Time yourself, and write it down.
- When you have mastered the shortest shower possible, share both your fastest shower time and your most efficient routine.
- What's your best piece of advice for someone looking to be a brief bather?
Can't make your bathing any quicker?
Make a piece of art - a poster, poem, video, or song - about how to take the shortest shower, and share it with us.
Navy Shower Demonstration