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!