5 Ways to Save Money in the Shower

Home Plumbing and Eco Tips #2

If you’re looking for ways to reduce expenses, why not consider saving money in the shower? What does that mean, you ask? It means taking steps to reduce energy use, prevent wasted water, and above all else, put a little more money back in your pocket.

Take a Shower
Though this might seem like obvious advice, choosing to take a shower versus a bath saves you (and the environment) a significant amount of water. A full tub uses approximately 36 gallons of water, not including the additional water needed to rinse off. In comparison, taking a shower can use as little as 2 gallons a minute. Provided you spend only the amount of time necessary in the shower, this small step can amount to a 50% reduction in water use.

Low-flow Showerheads
To further improve water usage in the shower, consider installing a low-flow showerhead. These showerheads are inexpensive to purchase and easy to install. Look for showerheads that do not exceed 2.5 gallons per minute. Adding this type of showerhead to your shower can reduce water consumption by up to 60%, saving you money and preserving natural resources. Furthermore, some models reduce the amount of energy needed to heat water.

Reduce Time in the Shower
It sounds simple, but taking shorter showers will lead to long-term cost savings. Often, time spent in the shower is focused on beautification techniques or shaving. During this extended period, water is running down the drain at a rapid rate. In fact, if your showerhead is outdated, you may be losing up to 5 gallons of water per minute! That’s a lot of water to lose without realizing it. Before stepping into the shower, complete beauty regimens in advance. If you’re able to, don’t turn the shower on until you’re ready to get clean and get out.

Clean As You Get Clean
A good way to reduce wasted water is to quickly clean your shower after use. Traditionally, cleaning the bathtub and shower at specific intervals involves the use of additional water and cleaning products. In addition, this water/cleaning solution combination is not necessarily good for the environment. Instead, consider keeping a squeegee nearby to quickly dry off shower walls after use. This prevents soap scum buildup and keeps your shower clean.

Save Water
When you’re in the shower, do you ever let the water run until it’s an ideal temperature? If so, you’re letting money slip down the drain. Next time you’re running the water, place a bucket underneath the faucet. By capturing this water before it goes down the drain, you’re able to put it aside for use in your garden, during cleaning, or as water for pets. This ensures adequate use of your home’s water and results in cost savings over time.

The Takeaway
There are a variety of steps you can take to save money in the shower. Even if you only reduce water consumption by 10%, that’s ten percent off of your monthly utility expenses. If you pay $500 a year in utility costs, your total savings would be at least $50. What do you plan to buy with this additional income?

If you’re in need of professional plumbers in Hilliard, Columbus, Dublin, Westerville and surrounding areas, contact The Eco Plumbers today.

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