11 Easy Ways How To Save Water in the Shower & Bathroom
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- 11 Easy Ways How To Save Water in the Shower & Bathroom
- #1: Consider Using a Low-Flow Shower Head
- #2: Lower Your Shower Time
- #3: Don’t Leave Your Shower Running
- #4: Consider Using a Whole House Water Filter
- #5: Consider Using a Steam Shower
- #6: Check For Leaks
- #7: Save Water While Shaving
- #8: Turn Off Your Faucet
- #9: Save Water While Bathing
- #10: Save Leftover Bath Water to Water Plants
- #11: Hang Bath Towels To Dry
That’s a lot of money going down the drain, literally.
So, here at Showersly, I’ve complied the TOP 11 Easiest Ways How To Save Water In The Shower & In The Bathroom.
On this page, I’ll answer the highly-requested question of: “How can you conserve water in the bathroom?” in a variety of creative ways, you can implement today.
#1: Consider Using a Low-Flow Shower Head
Replacing your old standard shower head, 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:
If you need help finding some great options for 2019, click here.
#2: Lower Your Shower Time
According to Home Water Works, the average American takes around 8.2 minutes to shower, and this uses around 17.2 gallons of water. (2)
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 to0 shabby!
#3: Don’t Leave Your Shower Running
But how … you ask?
Here’s 3 creative ways to try:
- Utilize your shower head’s on-off switch (if it has one)
- 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.
According to Steam Shower Guide, on average, a 30 minute steam shower uses only 2 gallons of water.(3) 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’s some great options.
#6: Check For Leaks
A leaky faucet might not seem like a huge water waster, but that’s far from the truth.
The EPA states:
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 an easy way to waste a lot 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 to not leave your tub faucet on without first plugging the drain. I was a former culprit of this, being a extra-warm bath enthusiast.
#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.
I know most people, myself included, prefer to sink into chin-deep bath water, but this wastes 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:
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 its almost everywhere, 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.
Now that you’ve learned a bunch awesome ways on how to conserve water in the bathroom, 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!
- 1: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/statistics-and-facts
- 2: https://www.home-water-works.org/indoor-use/showers
- 3: https://www.steamshowerguide.com/steam-shower-faq/
- 4: https://www.epa.gov/watersense/fix-leak-week
- 5: https://www.home-water-works.org/indoor-use/clothes-washer
Hi, my name is Michael Lamew. I’m the owner of Showersly, and main editor. I’ve been working in the bathroom re-modeling industry for over 10 years, and I can’t wait to share my findings with you. I spend the majority of my time doing research, and writing content, so I hope you learn something new on my site!
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