Take Shorter Showers
The most effective way to use less water while showering is to simply take shorter showers. Experts recommend limiting your shower time to around 5 minutes or less.
To help motivate yourself, you can try timing your showers with a timer or music playlist. Set a timer or playlist for 5 minutes, and see if you can finish showering before the time is up. Making a game out of it can help you form the habit of showering faster.
Shortening your time in the shower by even a few minutes can make a big difference in the amount of water used. Taking a 5 minute shower uses 10-25 gallons of water, compared to up to 50 gallons for a 10 minute shower.
Install a Low-Flow Showerhead
Replacing your existing showerhead with a low-flow showerhead is a simple way to boost your water efficiency. Low-flow showerheads use advanced flow restrictors to cut down the water flow to around 1.5 – 2 gallons per minute (GPM). Standard showerheads often flow at 5 GPM or more.
Installing a low-flow showerhead provides a high-pressure spray while using a fraction of the water. The best low-flow showerheads maintain a strong feeling spray, so you won’t notice much difference in your showering experience. Low-flow showerheads are inexpensive and easy to install yourself.
Take “Navy” Showers
To maximize your water savings, try taking “Navy” showers. This technique involves wetting yourself, turning off the water to lather up, then turning the water back on for a final rinse. By shutting off the water during soaping, you avoid wasting water while not actively rinsing.
Navy showers take some getting used to, but they can reduce your water usage by 50% or more compared to a regular shower. Make sure to lather up thoroughly during the water-off phase to avoid having to turn the water back on multiple times.
Reduce Shower Frequency
Another simple way to conserve water in the shower is to cut back on how often you bathe. Many people shower once per day out of habit or cleanliness, but it’s not actually necessary for health reasons.
Dermatologists recommend limiting showers to every 2-3 days for most people. Your body is designed to self-clean effectively when given the chance. Unless you engage in particularly sweaty activities, you can likely go 48 hours between showers with no hygiene issues.
Reducing your overall shower frequency significantly lowers the amount of water needed for your bathing routine. Rethink your perspective on mandatory daily showers, and shower only when truly needed.
Making a few small tweaks to your shower routine can lead to major water savings over time. Limit your shower duration, install water-saving fixtures, take strategic “Navy” showers, and reassess how often you need to bathe. With some mindfulness about your water use, you can easily maintain good hygiene while cutting your shower water usage dramatically. Conserving water starts with smart shower habits.