The Reality of Water Usage in Showers

Other Affordable Ways to Save Water

But what if we can’t afford this type of technology? There are still many ways to conserve water if you are serious about it!

You can start by paying attention to the length of time you spend in the shower. Here, limit yourself to 5 minutes at most.

Another great way to limit your time in the shower is to take a radio in with you. Pay attention to the number of songs that it takes for you to complete your shower and challenge yourself to get down to only one song. This is a great idea for those competitive couples.

The “navy shower” is a method of showering that allows for significant conservation of water and energy by turning off the water while you soap and shampoo yourself. First, wet your hair and body. Second, turn off the water and lather yourself. Third, turn the water back on to rinse off.

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While waiting for your shower to heat up, collect the cold water in a bucket and use it to water your plants, clean the house and flush the toilet.

Another efficient water saving method is to replace your showerhead to reduce its pressure. This is an inexpensive method that starts at less than $5. Look out for the WaterSense label on showerheads and this indicates they use no more than 2.0 gallons per minute. Products with this label ensure satisfactory showers that are equal to conventional showerheads. These products have been independently certified to ensure that they meet the criteria for the national Energy Policy Act (EPA) for water efficiency and performance quality.

Reducing the water flow rate of your shower was thought to cause longer showers, but studies have actually proven that this is not so. Reducing water flow does not lengthen shower time, but rather reduces it while saving water.

So if you’re considering one of these efficient showerheads, here’s how to install it yourself.

  1. Remove the old showerhead from shower arm. If you need to use a wrench to remove it, use a second wrench to hold the shower arm while you loosen the old showerhead. Use pieces of cloth to protect the finish.
  2. Briefly turn water on to rinse out the pipe (turn it off before going to next step).
  3.  Screw on the new showerhead and hand tighten.
  4. Test the showerhead. If it leaks, tighten by using one wrench on the shower arm and another one on the showerhead. Tighten until snug (DO NOT over tighten!). Leaks may also be prevented by applying two or three wraps of Tephlon tape in a clockwise motion to the threads of the shower arm before installing the new showerhead.

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