Showering is part of the daily routine and we simply have to take a shower from time to time. But how can we shower in an environmentally friendly way that will help both nature and our wallet? Here are a few tips to help you take an eco-friendly shower.
Consider reducing the length of your shower
Most people spend more time in the shower than is strictly necessary. The length of the shower should be enough to thoroughly cleanse the body but should also be kept to the minimum necessary to reduce water consumption. As a rule, a maximum of 5 minutes is sufficient for a thorough shower, but a practical shower can be taken in 1 to 2 minutes. Measure how long you shower on purpose.
Reduce the water temperature
Water heating is often one of the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in your home. At the same time, heating water can cost a lot of money. So using colder water when you shower can help protect the environment and save a little money. Of course, it’s important to choose a water temperature that’s acceptable to you. Start slowly and test where your comfort limits are each time you shower.
Install an energy-saving showerhead
A conventional and an energy-saving shower head work the same way and you can’t tell them apart at first glance. The main difference is in the water flow. It is significantly less with an energy-saving shower head than with older types of shower heads. This difference can be as much as 50%.
Capture excess water
Quite often, it takes a while for the water in the shower to warm up to the desired temperature. If this applies to you, don’t be shy about taking an empty bucket into the shower and catching the cold water in it at the start of the shower before the water gets to your preferred temperature. You can then use the captured water for watering plants or cleaning.
Turn off the water when using soap and shampoo
Turn off the water when it’s time to use shampoo or shower gel. This will motivate you to shower faster and save a lot of water.