Change One Thing // Shower With a Friend

How To Save Water in the Shower // The average person showers for 11 minutes a day! If we cut that down to just a five minute shower we could save a plethora of water! #conservation #somethingswell

Change One Thing: Shower With a Friend

As I mentioned last week in my Change One Thing post last week, I grew up in California which is in a mega-drought.  The fact that I grew up there during this time has made me appreciate running water a lot and has also made me deeply aware of the best ways to conserve it. In fact, it wasn’t until I moved away that I realized the term “California shower” (or a shower lasting only 5 minutes) was a thing.

On average, most people in American take an eleven minute shower daily. That means that they are using an average of 27.5 gallons of water per day. Buuuut if you reduced that time to five minutes each day that would save 5,475 gallons of water per person, per year. You know what is even better than that? Two words: Shower. Buddy. Don’t think I am being gross, I am serious! My husband and I shower together and our time is five minutes for both of us (2.5 minutes each). That means that we are already saving 10,950 gallons of water per year since we share everyday. 

Oh and what is even better than that? Stop showering everyday (or at least take body showers only). People always seem really shocked when I say that I only bathe on Saturdays and Wednesdays, but unless you are a construction worker or a professional athlete, odds are that you don’t need a full scrub down everyday – not to mention that showering less is significantly better for your skin and hair

I run or do yoga most days so on those days I often jump in for what is literally a one minute body shower (and hair rinse with water only). I promise I don’t smell bad and it saves copious amounts of H2O.

So what is an easy trick for getting used to taking a five minute shower? Listen to Adele’s “Hello” (i.e. one of the greatest songs ever written in human history.) during your rinse because it is almost exactly five minutes! Easy to implement and a great way to start off your day!

 

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    • Annie
      July 1, 2016 / 12:40 pm

      Thanks Trang! πŸ™‚

    • Annie
      July 1, 2016 / 7:36 pm

      Thanks Sophie!

    • July 1, 2016 / 2:57 pm

      Totally true!! Thanks for reading πŸ™‚

  1. July 1, 2016 / 5:42 pm

    Ah yes, I do still struggle to keep my showers short… I do some of my best thinking in there! Your idea to set the ritual to music is really smart though. It would make the experience more enjoyable while reminding me that when the song is over, my shower should be too. I’ll try that out next time. πŸ™‚

    • Annie
      July 1, 2016 / 7:35 pm

      So glad you like that tip Hannah πŸ™‚ Have a great day and thanks for reading!

    • Annie
      July 1, 2016 / 7:35 pm

      Thanks so much, you too!

  2. Tamara
    July 1, 2016 / 6:32 pm

    Here in Cali we have a serious drought too! Even though I love long showers and bath I take quick showers only. But when I travel I take advantage! lol!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

    • Annie
      July 1, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      Good for you! And I totally did the same thing when I lived in CA! Haha

    • Annie
      July 5, 2016 / 2:44 pm

      I do love the good occasional bath especially when it is cold! It is a nice treat sometimes πŸ™‚

    • Annie
      July 5, 2016 / 2:44 pm

      Thanks Maria!

  3. July 3, 2016 / 6:38 pm

    Really? They take in average 11 minutes for a shower? I have to admit as I’m always in hurry in the morning my showers don’t take more than 2 or 3 minutes πŸ™‚ You are right, water is so precious and your post is absolutely important. Thanks for sharing.
    xx Rena
    http://www.dressedwithsoul.com

    • Annie
      July 5, 2016 / 2:44 pm

      Right isn’t that crazy!? Good for you! I am in the same boat πŸ™‚

    • Annie
      July 5, 2016 / 2:44 pm

      Oh good idea! That is cool that you play volleyball!

    • Annie
      July 5, 2016 / 2:45 pm

      Thanks Liz πŸ™‚

  4. July 4, 2016 / 11:15 pm

    I love the idea of an Adele timer, it’s so important to conserve!

    • Annie
      July 5, 2016 / 2:45 pm

      It totally is Jessica! Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  5. July 6, 2016 / 3:01 am

    I take quick showers too, unless I feel reeeeeeeeeally stressed out. But when I shower, I turn on the tap to get water on my face, then turn it off while I apply my soap and facial scrub. I turn the tap back on to rinse my face and get water on my body, then I turn it off to soap down my body. Once I’m done, I rinse off, and voila!

    Berry Dakara Blog

    • Annie
      July 6, 2016 / 12:27 pm

      This is such a great idea Berry! Thanks so much for sharing! I love hearing new ways to save water πŸ™‚

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