Thursday, January 21, 2016

Shower Shorter

Mindful Echo loves a nice, hot shower. 

Is there anything better than a long, hot shower? Especially this time of year? Seriously, coming in from a cold walk or after a brisk snowshoe, a hot shower can warm your bones and clean away the sweat in the most refreshing way possible.

Personally though, I find it way too easy to waste time daydreaming and singing my way through Adele's latest hits (badly, I might add), rather than sticking to the necessities of actually getting clean and getting out in a timely manner.

Unfortunately, as we all know, water is a finite resource. Those of us who are fortunate enough to have flowing fresh water at our easy disposal should be cautious to reserve as much as possible, rather than let it flow down the drain.

1. Check out a low-flow shower head.
Unless you have super thick hair, chances are you don't need to have extreme pressure all the time. I know some people think the water should pelt you to an almost painful degree, but if you can still rinse with a little less, then give it a try. 

2. Shut the tap when you shampoo and shave.
The water definitely does not need to stay running while you're getting your lather on. 

3. Set a timer. 
You could use an old-fashioned kitchen timer or, if you know all the words to Paradise by the Dashboard Light, you can sing your way to an 8-minute shower.

4. Cool it down. 
Does it have to be burning hot? Not likely. If you can keep your cool and still get clean, you'll save the energy from heating up all the water needed for your shower.

And here's a bonus tip:

When I was an undergrad my house had an upstairs and a downstairs shower with which a couple of my roommates would have "shower races." Someone would start the timer and whomever made it back to the living room first (clothed but usually still totally damp) would win.

What are your best tips to keep your showers short?


Green Bean said...

I am from California where shit got real this past spring and we all started looking for ways to save water. Switching shower heads was one of the easiest! There are so many alternatives out there that are still aesthetically pleasing, that feel fine and that save a ton of water. In fact, my parents visited my sister and commented to her that they much preferred the new shower head - not even knowing that it was a low flow one.

Anonymous said...

Shower every other day. More than adequate in the winer. Just wash the pits and bits in the sink, hair usually too.... on the "off" days..... Considering how much quicker it is.... it has to be a water saver.

Betsy Escandon said...

I used to be able to go days without showering. My body chemistry changed after my third child and now I have to shower every day or I feel disgusting. I shower pretty fast unless I'm washing my hair (once a week or less). Usually I have a kid crying outside so it's rarely relaxing anyway. My husband is a water nazi and just bought these timers and figured out how much water our showers use per minute. The kids love them. We also like to tag team shower (so that the water is hot and ready for the second person) or double-up in the shower to save water. I consider hot showers one of life's greatest pleasures, so I am not always willing to skimp in this area. I do wish I had a way to recapture the water that runs down the drain while I'm waiting for the water to get hot -- I am WAY too lazy to carry buckets outside.

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Chile said...

We'll be moving into an RV full-time soon and short showers will be an absolute necessity. We hope to mostly boondock (off-grid RV camping) so water and the power to heat it will both be limited. I have to admit that I am enjoying longer, warmer showers now while it's an option...

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Judy said...

we have a two story house, shower upstairs. Two hot water heaters, a small one under the kitchen sink and a larger one directly behind the shower. Switches on each. I save a ton of water and electricity that way, since the water does not have to run and run and run to get the hot water upstairs, and it stays hot in the tank for two days. Good for two showers, especially in the summer. The heat only goes on when we flip the switch.
And most days I only shower when I feel I need to, not every day, and hair only when I shower. Again, a twofer.

Gofran said...

Actually, I love shower too. I use different kinds of the shower in different times in my bathroom. Thanks for your post. Shower head


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