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Resolution Follow-up #1

January 29, 2011

The Shower Story:

My Shower

I knew that my resolution to reduce my water usage in the shower by 40-60% was going to be a tough one. For someone that has always found it easy to be careful of my water usage in so many areas of my life, the shower was not one of these areas. The shower was my luxury. I love the feeling of standing in the streaming hot water and taking time out of my day to really relax and rejuvenate. I’ll admit I was a 12-15 minute shower-er regularly. I never quite understood how people could get clean in just a couple short minutes, and I certainly didn’t think I’d ever really be one of them.

This month has proved me wrong. I can be one of those people that showers in a few minutes instead of 15. AND, it still feels luxurious.

The only way I’ve been able to track my water usage has been by tracking the length of my showers, so although I cannot be sure I’ve met my percentage goal, I know I’m in the right range. My apartment complex ‘simplifies’ our utility bills by consolidating them through a third party, so I have fewer bills, but my one bill has far less information on it than a normal bill would. This has made it difficult to track my water usage, and why I resort to watching the clock instead.

Some of the things I’ve done to meet my goal have been to:

1)   Use the highest aeration setting on my showerhead, so that more air and less water is being used in the first place. This was, of course, an upgrade from the showerhead that the apartment complex had installed, so theirs is sitting under the sink until I move out, but I love the upgrade and it’s helped me keep the luxurious feeling of my shower without much sacrifice.  You can find similar ones on Amazon.

2)   Only wash my hair every other day instead of every day. Now, this is something I’ve done in the past, but not always consistently. (I also never rinse and repeat.) My hair feels so much better when I do this so the goal is to just keep it up. It generally takes a week or two for your body to adjust the amount of oils it produces, so don’t get worried if your hair feels extra oily for a bit. I assure you that it won’t always be that way. You don’t have to take my word for it though; many experts suggest this for your hair health. (Read this article.)

3)   Continue my practice of skipping a shower every now and again to keep my skin from becoming even drier. If I haven’t been to the gym and I don’t plan to go out anywhere special, what’s the point?  Water saved.

4)   Shave on the days that I don’t shampoo my hair, so now I’ve balanced out the time across the days of the week. I’m pretty lucky that I’ve been blessed with legs that don’t need the razor every day, but it’s winter, so I think anyone could do it this time of year. (I’ve been told to turn the water off while I shave like I would while I brush my teeth, but so far I have not. I’m leery of becoming too cold and shaving over goose bumps, but I do plan to work this into my routine during the summer months when my house is warmer.)

5)   Sit on the side of the tub while the water is heating up instead of trying to get other things done. The water had been running much longer than necessary while I fiddled around and now it only takes about 30-60 seconds of run time for me to notice that it’s warm enough to get in. Much less water is going down the drain now.

6)   The hardest part of all of this was to remind myself daily not to stand in the hot streaming water just to because it felt good. If I’m not washing, rinsing or shaving something I force myself to turn the water off. I know there is no success without sacrifice, but I must remind myself of this every day.

I’m happy to say that my showers that used to take 12-15 minutes are now cut down to about 7 minutes. Even though the time I’ve saved doesn’t amount to much it always feels like my morning routine is flying by. What a few extra minutes in the morning can do for a person … I highly recommend giving it a shot. It’s worth it for your health, sanity, bank account, and environment.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Crystal permalink
    January 31, 2011 9:10 PM

    Too bad you did not figure this out 2o years ago, so I did not have to take so many cold showers growing up! Very nice info in this post! I will try to get a new shower head fro my house in the near future! Thank you Greenspot Girl.

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