Many parts of your bathroom contribute to your home’s total water use. However, your bath and shower are some of the biggest offenders for wasted water. Not properly using your shower could lead to hundreds of gallons of wasted water. Become more water conscious when showering with these tips.
How Much Water Does Showering Use?
Your shower contributes to a large portion of your home’s water usage. Did you know that a family of four who take daily five-minute showers can use up to 700 gallons of water weekly? Your household can decrease this amount significantly with just a few minor changes in how you shower and the fixtures in your bathroom.
How to Reduce Your Water Use While Showering
You can do some simple things to cut down on water waste when showering. First, while waiting for the water to heat up, collect the water in a bucket instead of letting it go down the drain. Use this water for keeping your houseplants or garden watered. You can even use it for cleaning around your home.
Next, cut down on the time you spend in the shower. For every minute you reduce from your standard shower time, you can decrease your water use by up to seven gallons a minute.
Lastly, replace your shower fixture with a water-saving model. Today’s highly efficient showerheads use 1.6 gallons per minute compared to the average between 2.5 and 7 gallons per minute of older models. Naturally, by decreasing the water coming out of the shower every minute will drastically reduce your water use.
Get Help With Replacing Plumbing Fixtures
While most things for reducing your wasted water in the shower are habits that you can change, replacing the shower fixtures is something that you will need help with. Phone us at (951) 520-8590 to reach us at Plumbing Concepts to schedule an appointment for new shower fixtures to cut your water use. We also have other green living solutions to reduce water use throughout your home. We want to help you to live in a more water-efficient home.