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Five-Minute Showers to Save Time and the Planet

According to Crunchy Domestic Goddess, the length of the average shower is about eight minutes. By shortening that to five minutes, you can reduce the amount of water that you use by nearly one-third, or roughly 10 gallons per day!

Even if you’re not into a green lifestyle, most of us are always on the lookout for ways to help us save time and money. Saving 10 gallons of water a day would surely be noticeable on your water bill—it’s like a coupon that you can use every day! You’ll also free up some time that can come in handy during hectic mornings. If your showers are usually around 15 minutes long, reducing that time to five minutes will leave you with an extra 10 minutes to spend lavishing affection on Fido, frothing your soy latte, or loading up your slow cooker with veggie goodies that will later be served up as dinner.

So, how to track these precious shower minutes? Try using a timer. Any old kitchen timer will do, but these days, timers are available in all sorts of shapes and sizes that range from Hello Kitty to those that are designed specifically for use in the shower. Check out more water-saving shower tips.

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  • Jonathon says:

    How does a shorter shower save the planet? Or saving water in general? Water doesn’t decompose, it doesn’t go away (except through the process of electrolysis, which is fairly difficult to do) so why should we conserve it for any reason other than to save money on a water bill?

    What if I have a solar heated water heater? Can I take my 15 minute shower then?

    Water was here before us, it’s here with us, it will be here after us. It evaporates, then it rains and comes back. It goes in the ground, it waters the plants, it goes down the drain, it gets filtered and then goes back to being water we can use again. I’m not trying to be an idiot, but I just don’t know why conserving water could stop global warming.

  • Lauren says:

    This is such a good reminder.
    Save, time , money, and water!
    I’m definitely going to be more shower conscious.

  • Less is more says:

    Our heating and hot water broke about two years ago and for those two years I have heated up and filled a bucket of water every day to wash in. I’m exceptionally clean yet all I use per day is a buckets worth of water, showers are nice but a luxury that we cant all have, perhaps people who have them could use them occasionally as a treat rather than every day. Think how much water would be saved if you showered every second day, or every few days and washed yourself down on the in between days. We as a culture are far too addicted to luxury.

  • Kendall says:

    I think we should all do this we should help save water and the planet. Also if we do this we can stop global warming.

  • Jenny the Vegan says:

    Great idea! My best friend and I live in an RV with a 6-gallon heater. We’ve become masters of the ‘military shower’. Sure saves a lot of water!