3 Ways To Conserve Water With Your Shower

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Taking a long hot shower can be a relaxing way to end the day while also getting clean. But that long shower can also waste a lot of water – as much as 40 gallons a day -- which is bad for both the environment and your utility bills. There are a few simple ways you can reduce the amount of water waste in the shower while still getting clean.

Here are a few ways you – or a plumber – can help your household cut the water bill using devices and drainage.

High Efficiency Showerhead

A high efficiency or low flow showerhead limits the amount of water coming through the showerhead at any given time. The showerheads still provide a sufficient stream of water for showering; you won't feel like you're standing under a very weak waterfall. But the design of the head is optimized to better utilize the water that's coming through the pipes.

How much water does a high efficiency showerhead save? Traditional showerheads use an average of 2.5 gallons per minute, while certified water-efficient models use no more than 2 gallons per minute. That's a savings of at least 5 gallons for even a 10-minute shower.

But you can make that 10-minute shower even more efficient by reusing the water that would otherwise go down the drain.

Bucket and Demand Recycling Device

Do you have to wait for the water to warm up enough before you step into the shower? Precious cold water is going down the drain unused and wasted. Instead of wasting that water, place a large rubber bucket on the floor of the shower to catch and save the water. You can later use the bucket to water plants or clean your home.

There's also a way you can utilize the hot water that drains out during your shower. Ask a plumber to install a demand recycling device to your shower drain. A demand recycling device contains a system of copper coils that absorb the heat from the draining used water to heat cold water coming through the pipes. So your water heater won't have to work as hard to heat enough water, saving you on electric or gas, while you don't have to wait as long for hot water, saving you water.

Lather and Rinse Approach

Using a high efficiency showerhead and a demand recycling system won't help if you still plan to take 30-minute long showers every day. You need to develop a more efficient shower routine such as the lather and rinse approach.

For the lather and rinse approach, start by getting into the shower and turning around under the water until your entire body is damp. Then turn off the shower. Quickly lather your hair with shampoo and your body with soap before turning the water back on. Turn around in the water again to rinse off all the lather. Turn off the shower and get out and dry off. 

Remember that the water only needs to be there to help facilitate the cleaning process. If you want warm relaxation, purchase a rice-filled heating bag and use that while you're relaxing in bed after the shower. You don't need to waste energy resources for muscle-soothing warmth.

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