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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Green plan: Reduce showers to 5 minutes

Did you know the average American's shower time is eight minutes? During that time, it's estimated that a standard show will use 7-10 gallons of water per minute.

I tracked my showers for six days and discovered my average was around 7.5 minutes -- during that time I would only wash my hair (most days with baking soda) and body. My longest was 12 minutes, only because I was so tired after being up from 2-4 a.m. with my toddler and I was trying to wake up! Almost eight minutes seems to long for those tasks so the past three weeks, I've been using my trusty kitchen timer to time out 5 minute showers. You can buy a shower timer, if you want to get fancy but your kitchen timer or your smartphone would probably do just as good of a job.
good ole kitchen timer

Why is this part of my green action plan so important? Not only is it worth 20 points on Practically Green, but it will help save on water and gas (hot water heater) bills. If you shower everyday, like me, that means you could be saving up to 140 gallons of water per week. My husband has always been pretty quick in the shower since he used to be in the Navy and took  navy showers and my three year old is afraid of the shower so he baths every other day.  We use his bath water to water plants and hopefully this summer we will use it to water our garden.

What are other ways you cut back on water in your house? We also follow the "if it's yellow let it mellow. If it's brown flush it down." Just remember to flush when you have guests over. I was quite embarrassed when the sitter discovered this when she last babysat.

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