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It’s easy to lose track of how much time you’ve spent in the shower. Fifteen minutes is like five minutes when you finally get to wind down with a hot shower after a long day. But all good things come at a price – these luxurious showers can make a big difference to your monthly water bill. In fact, the United States Environmental Protection Agency considers showering to be Fourth highest water consumption by US households. Now, I’m not saying you can’t indulge in a longer shower once in a while (I certainly won’t stop), but a few changes in your showering habits can save you a lot.

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Shower instead of bathingWhere to do the laundry and the dishes in an energy-efficient way, will reduce your utility costs. But change your shower habits or installation technology can save you even more money on energy and water. Small changes like reducing the length and temperature of your daily shower can lower utility bills, whatever the shower head you stand below. Keep reading to learn more about the direct link between shower time and savings – and tips for saving electricity and water.

Read more: How to save money on your gas, electric and water bills

How long should you spend in the shower?

The average American spends approximately eight minutes in the shower. According to the EPA, a standard showerhead uses about 2.5 gallons of water per minute. So the average American shower uses about 20 gallons of water.

While there’s no magic shower time to help the planet, just shaving three minutes out of an eight-minute shower can help reduce your energy expenditure, as well as save water (about 7.5 gallons) in general. Even better, according to Healthline, the maximum recommended shower time for your skin is between 5 and 10 minutes. Sticking to five minutes ensures that you don’t overdo it.

Save money with shorter showers

Whether you pay your water bill outright or it’s part of a rent payment, shorter showers can save you money. You’ll save money on water, gas or electricity to heat it, or both. The cost of your water heating system is approximately 18% of your home’s electricity billthe second largest utility expense, according to the Department of Energy.

Between your water bill and your electricity bill, there is potential for savings by spending less time in the shower. The amount you can save depends on your current water and electricity costs and how much you reduce your consumption. The EPA estimates that switching to a more water-efficient showerhead can save you approximately $70 per year without even taking into account the savings made through shorter showers.

It’s also important to note that the benefits of spending less time in the shower don’t just affect your wallet. Not only does taking shorter showers save money, it can also save an incredible amount of water.

The standard showerhead uses approximately 2.5 gallons of water per minute. If you cut your daily shower by one minute, you could save over 900 gallons of water per year. And if every American did that, it would save billions (yes, billions) of gallons of water per year.

Remember that although fresh water is considered a renewable resource, its supply is limited in some areas. And in some cases, nature’s ability to replenish the water supply simply can’t keep up with how quickly we use it. Everything you do to save water not only benefits your wallet, but everyone around you.

Reduce the energy consumption of your shower

Monitor your energy consumption

Many of us probably don’t realize how much time we spend in the shower, which can make it hard to change our habits. As a starting point, consider monitoring your water intake. Simply timing your shower is a great place to start. You’ll have a better idea of ​​how much time you spend in the shower and can set a goal for reducing your shower time.

Change your shower head

According to the EPA, changing your shower head saves a lot of water. And when combined with shorter showers, the impact will be even greater.

The average standard showerhead uses about 2.5 gallons of water per minute. But a showerhead with the WaterSense label uses no more than 2 gallons per minute. So even without changing their showering habits, the average American could reduce their water use by 4 gallons per 8-minute shower. Low-flow showerheads are available at any home improvement store, but may also be available at a discount from your utility.

Read more: Best shower heads for 2022

Don’t let the water run before your shower

Many people have the habit of starting the water in the shower and then letting it run for a few minutes to reach the desired temperature. You might even be distracted during this time or tackle another small task.

A simple way to reduce your energy consumption is to wait until you’re ready to step into the shower to turn it on. You could save several gallons of water a day and hundreds of gallons (or more) over the course of a year.

Take colder showers

You can save even more money by taking colder showers. Because you are paying for water heating, reducing your water heating needs will also reduce your energy bill, if only slightly.

take fewer showers

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, there’s no reason most people should shower more than once a day, especially if you don’t do any physical activity that might make you sweat. If you shower more often, perhaps to relax, try reducing the number of showers you take.

The bottom line

You might be surprised at how much of your home’s water and energy is used in the shower. While the average American only spends around 8 minutes in the shower, the gallons can really add up over time. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to reduce your energy use and your energy bills, just by making a few small changes to your routine.

More ways to save money at home

There are many expenses to worry about, from monthly bills to rent and grocery budgets. These tips can help you save a lot of money:

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