11 Easy Ways How To Save Water in the Shower & Bathroom
That’s a lot of money going down the drain, quite literally.
So, it’s only natural that homeowners are looking for creative water-saving solutions that actually work.
On this page, you’ll find out 11 of the easiest ways to save water in your bathroom and shower, that you can implement today.
Read to the very end and you’ll see how even your house plants will thank you for being water conscious. Enjoy!
#1: Consider Using a Low-Flow Shower Head
Replacing your old standard showerhead with a low-flow shower head is an easy way to save water and energy in your bathroom.
According to statics done by the EPA:
“Replacing showerheads with WaterSense labeled models can reduce the average family’s water and electricity costs by $70 and can save the average family more than 2,700 gallons of water per year, equal to the amount of water needed to wash 88 loads of laundry. (1)”
If you need help finding some great options for 2019, click here.
#2: Lower Your Shower Time
Try reducing your shower time to around 5 minutes, and you’ll enjoy a ton of savings.
If you’re ambitious and want to take it a step further, try shooting for 4 minutes. That will officially cut your water usage in half, compared to the average person. Not too shabby!
#3: Don’t Leave Your Shower Running
Here’s three creative ways to implement this:
- Utilize your shower head’s on-off switch (if it has one)
- If you have installed a shower panel system like one from our guide on this page, you’ll definitely have an on-off switch
- If you like warming up your shower before you get in … use a bucket to catch the water, then use it to water houseplants, or your garden
- Try taking a “Navy Shower”
- First, turn your water on, and rinse your entire body
- Next, turn your water off, and wash your hair and body
- Lastly, turn your water back on, and rinse
#4: Consider Using a Whole House Water Filter
To help reduce your water usage in the shower, install a whole house water filter (like the ones here) to soften your water, and increase the efficiency of your soap.
#5: Consider Using a Steam Shower
Using a steam shower is an excellent way to drastically reduce your water usage in the shower.
This is mind-blowing because as I brought up earlier a standard 8-minute shower, on average, can use over 17 gallons in a fraction of the time.
If you’d like some recommendations, here are some great options.
Also, this is just 1 of the many steam shower benefits. For our TOP 8, go here.
#6: Check For Leaks
A leaky faucet might not seem like it wastes a ton of water, but that’s far from the truth.
The EPA states:
“The average household’s leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year and ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day.” (4)
If you have a pesky leaky faucet on your hands, try these.
#7: Save Water While Shaving
Letting your water run while you shave is a bad habit, that consequently wastes a ton of water.
Instead, try plugging the bottom of your sink and collect some water to wash off your razor.
#8: Turn Off Your Faucet
Make sure to turn off your sink faucet while brushing your teeth, washing your face, and washing your hands.
It may not seem like much, but a little goes a long way.
Also, make sure not to leave your tub faucet on without first plugging the drain. I was a former culprit of this, being that I love extra-warm baths, but who doesn’t?
#9: Save Water While Bathing
Avoid overfilling your bathtub to help save water in your bathroom. Some bathtubs on the market come with fantastic overflow prevention features, but many older and cheaper tubs do not.
Along with not overfilling your bathtub, try only filling your bathtub up half-way.
This is more than enough water to enjoy a nice relaxing soak while helping the environment at the same time.
Most people, myself included, prefer to sink into chin-deep bathwater, but these tubs often waste gallons of precious water.
#10: Save Leftover Bath Water to Water Plants
Instead of draining your bath water, and watching a perfectly good resource go down the drain, save it for your plants.
Want to know how?
Here’s two ways to do this:
- While waiting for your bath water to get to the perfect temperature, use buckets to catch it, and save it for later
- Instead of draining your old bath water after your done bathing, use a bucket to scoop up the water, and use it to water your garden, or house plants
#11: Hang Bath Towels To Dry
Hanging bath towels to dry after every use, instead of washing them every time, is a huge way to save water in the shower, and bathroom.
According to Home Water Works:
“Washing laundry is a significant use of water in the average home; accounting for 15% to 40% of the overall water consumption inside the typical household of four persons … An old school washer will use approximately 40 to 45 gallons (151.4 L to 170.3 L) of water per load.” (5)
That being said, new highly-efficient washing machines can average around 14-25 gallons per load, which can still be a considerable amount.
Water seems like it’s almost everywhere as if it’s infinite, but the actual amount we can use is much smaller.
For this reason, knowing a few easy and actionable ways of how to save water in the shower and in the bathroom, is key in making the necessary changes to become more water conscious.
Now that you’ve learned a bunch awesome ways to try today, the power is in your hands to make a change for the better.
For my final thought, to help all this sink in, check out this short video:
Thanks for reading, and happy showering!
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