Want to Save Water in the Shower? Here’s How You Can

There’s something about a familiar and refreshing morning routine that really helps to start the day off right. And if you’re like thousands of people in the Louisville area and all across the country, your morning (or nighttime) routine most likely includes a shower. Whether it’s your way to get ready for a new day or to wash off at the end of one, the power of a shower is not to be underestimated. Try these three simple tips to keep your shower time refreshing and invigorating, not costly or wasteful:

Don’t shave your face in the shower.

While it’s a common thought that shaving your facial hair in the shower can help to save water, this isn’t usually the case - as you shave, water from the showerhead continues to flow. The solution? Shave over a sink that’s half-filled with hot water. Instead of cleaning your razor by holding it underneath needlessly running water, just dip the razor into the hot water to rinse it off. This method not only prevents unnecessary water from being wasted down the drain, but also effectively dislodges stubborn hairs trapped between the razor blades.

Spend less time in the shower… but make it a fun challenge.

To save water, taking a shorter shower is a no-brainer. The problem is that’s it’s not always easy to keep track of time once you’re actually in the shower. Our solution? Bring a radio, iPod or other music player into the bathroom and time your shower by the number of songs that play. Feeling really competitive? We challenge you to try to fit your entire shower into the song “Believe” by Cher, which comes in at just under 4:00. Don’t worry if you can’t get it on your first try - quick showers take practice.

Really want to cut down on water use? Take a cue from the Navy.

For a super-efficient way to shower and save water, try the method made famous aboard Navy ships to help save essential freshwater: hop in the running shower and wet your entire body. Then, turn the water off. Yep, that’s right. Now grab your shampoo, soap and/or body wash and lather anything that needs to be lathered. Once your hair and body are covered with soapy suds, turn the water back on and rinse off. While this method can take awhile to get used to and isn’t necessarily a must, it gets you just as clean as a conventional shower while using much less water.

Looking for more water-saving tips or technology that can help your family cut back on water and energy use? Dauenhauer is just a phone call away.