ecomii - a better way
August 19, 2017  |  Login

Take a Shorter Shower

Hop out of the shower early to save gallons of water.

  Email This Tip  | Back to All Tips

Ratings:
What are Ratings?
Impact ecomii tips impactecomii tips impactecomii tips impact
Health ecomii tips health
Savings ecomii tips savingsecomii tips savings
Ease ecomii tips easeecomii tips easeecomii tips easeecomii tips easeecomii tips ease
 

Showering represents roughly 17 percent of residential water use in the United States which equates to more than 1.2 trillion gallons of water consumed annually. From 1950 to 2000, the U.S. population doubled; however in that same time period the demand for fresh water more than tripled. Americans now use on average 100 gallons per day, a statistic that puts enormous stress on existing water supplies and distribution systems. This high usage threatens both human health and the environment. A recent government survey has revealed that 36 states are anticipating severe local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013.

The good news is that you can help. By shortening your shower time you can severely cut back on your personal water use. The average showerhead dispenses about 5 gallons per minute, meaning for example a 15 minute shower uses 75 gallons of water. Taking a shorter shower doesn't require any new products or installations; it's a simple a step with a significant impact.

Just by cutting a 15 minute shower to 12 minutes can save 105 gallons of water per week, and 5,460 gallons per year. With rising water costs, you'll start noticing the difference in your monthly bills as well.

 

Take Action / Next Steps
  • Read more about the world's water use and the dangers of ignoring the potential problems of over consumption.

 

Prev Tip Next Tip
 
Did You Know?

Click below for more facts about this tip.

 

SOURCES :

1. US EPA. WaterSense. Available from: http://www.epa.gov/OW-OWM.html/water-efficiency/basic/index.htm [6 April 2009]

 
 
 
 
ecomii featured poll

Vote for your Favorite Charity

 

 

 
 
ecomii resources
 
ecomii Tips Newsletter 

Sign up today to receive a weekly tip for living greener

 
Get in Touch

Got suggestions? Want to write for us? See something we could improve? Let us know!